LISS CRICKET CLUB GUIDELINES ON THE USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA
These guidelines seek to
expand on ECB guidance and clarify the club’s expectations of their members’
appropriate use of social media. Social media is dynamic, fluid and
increasingly powerful in its ability to capture and shape the conversations we
have with each other, about the sport and beyond. With this comes a degree of
ambiguity as to what constitutes appropriate behaviour when participating in
social media in a personal or club capacity.
As a club with a growing
colts section, all members have a responsibility to understand our
responsibilities to help safeguard everyone’s interests and the reputation of
the club. Respect, integrity, and honesty are at the heart of what we as a club
stand for not only within the physical playing environment but with our words
and comments within social media. Social media has blurred the lines
between people’s personal and public time and space. It is important to
understand that the impact of a person’s social media presence can have
repercussions in both their personal and public lives.
Active social media
interaction by club members in a personal capacity is encouraged as a medium of
self-expression, however, it is important that guidelines are in place to
minimise the risk of social media engagement harming the club, members or
sponsors’ reputation. For the purposes of this document, social media may
be defined as open interactive forums such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, as
well as closed text groups such as WhatsApp. Owing to the evolution of
social media, these guidelines are not limited to these applications.
Despite the existence of
privacy options, many items published in social media are publicly accessible
and it can be difficult to guarantee that sites are fully private. Always start
with the assumption that anything you say can be read by anyone, anywhere, at
any time and remember that the Internet has a long memory. Always exercise good
judgement when posting and be aware that inappropriate conduct can negatively
affect the club, junior members, sponsors and yourself.
Posts should be accurate and fact-checked and capable of substantiation. If
you do make a mistake, ensure you correct it promptly. It is important to
reference the earlier comment because even if the erroneous comment has been
deleted, someone may have saved it as an image or other format to use as
Be fair and respectful
Always act in a constructive manner and use sound judgement before posting.
Always be polite and respectful of individuals’ opinions, especially when
discussions become heated. Show proper consideration for other people’s
privacy. Never post malicious, misleading or unfair content about the
club, opposition and other members. Do not post content that is obscene,
defamatory, threatening or discriminatory to an individual or entity. Do not
post comments that you would not say directly to another person and consider
how other people might react before you post. If you respond to published
comments that you may consider unfair always be accurate and reasonable.
Remember to be authentic, constructive and respectful. The behaviour of senior
members who are seen as role models by our junior members (those under 18
years) can adversely impact on what they view as acceptable.