21.04.2020

Digital Apps and Social Media – Advice from Children 1st

We have received the undernoted advice from our partners Children 1st  which may be useful for our Clubs.

Some clubs will be setting up apps or using other digital means of communication to facilitate ongoing training and for children and young people to stay in touch with each other. These can be a fantastic resource, but they do also bring with them an element of risk and it is important that parents/carers and sports organisations continue to demonstrate vigilance to safeguard children and young people. Areas clubs should be mindful of:

•    Always refer to the Social Media Policy of Scottish Archery or your Club.  Scottish Archery Social Media Policy can be found here.

•    Be mindful of the age of young athletes and social media access. Children under the age of 13 should not be accessing certain platforms (a full list is detailed below).

•    Written permission from parents/carers should be sought before communicating by social media with children and young people who are under 16. Parents/carers of children and young people who are over 16 should be informed that your organisation will be communicating with their child in this way.  

•    If you are an adult, do not add children and young people to your personal social media pages. If a child or young person adds you, you should decline and direct them to your sport specific pages. 

•    All concerns about the inappropriate use of social media should be managed in line with your organisation’s Responding to Concerns about a Child Procedure.

 

Age restrictions for social media:

Platform

Age

Twitter

13

Facebook and Messenger

13

Instagram

13

Pinterest

13

Google +

13

Tumblr

13

Reddit

13

Snapchat

13

Skype

13

TikTok

13

WhatsApp

16

Tinder

18

YouTube

18

Flickr and Kik

18

Some useful websites:

 

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