Sporting clubs and community organisations play an important part in supporting their community which includes growing and accessing opportunities such as digital opportunities. Netsafe has created a suite of Online Safety Resources for Clubs and Community Organisations to help administrators navigate this rapidly changing landscape.
RESOURCES FOR SPORTING CLUBS & COMMUNITY ORGANISATIONS
Sporting clubs and community organisations play an important role in keeping people safe online. It can be hard to know where to start though which is why Netsafe has developed resources to assist you. The Online Safety Resources for Clubs and Community Organisations includes:
- Guidelines on a range of online safety topics including social media and the legalities around taking images and videos in public spaces
- An Incident Response Guide to help guide you handle specific incidents
- An Online Safety Policy Template that you can implement
- A User Agreement Template to help members and staff understand your online safety expectations
When an online safety challenge happens people can often be quickly overwhelmed by the number of moving parts involved and will likely impact on your sporting club and community organisation. It’s important that clubs and organisations feel confident having conversations with their members and staff about their online activities, as these conversations have been proven to minimise the harm that can occur if things do go wrong online.
RESOURCES FROM SPORT NEW ZEALAND
During lockdown many clubs and coaches shifted to online training and web-based activity for young athletes and participants. Understanding how to engage with young people safely, and be transparent with parents and whanau, is important. This includes what platforms are being used and the safeguards that have been put in place to mitigate risk. Sport New Zealand has developed an online ‘do’s and don’ts’ resource to support this thinking.
HOW CAN NETSAFE HELP SPORTING CLUBS & COMMUNITY ORGANISATIONS
Whether you’re dealing with online bullying, a suspicious online request or you want advice, we can help. Netsafe provides incident support for all online safety challenges. Our service is entirely confidential, free and you remain in control of decision making when you use our service.
Netsafe can provide advice and assistance on to help you quickly navigate through incidents, minimise harm, and return to normality. We can:
- Help with first steps including how to gather evidence
- Advise how to get content removed from websites and social media
- Provide information about the Harmful Digital Communications Act (2015) and other relevant legislation
- Connect you to relevant specialist agencies and experts
We also offer a free text support service for young people. If you have a young person in your sporting club or community organisation who wants to contact Netsafe directly they can text ‘Netsafe’ to 4282 seven days a week.
If you’re concerned about the immediate safety of you or someone else, please call 111. If you want help or expert incident advice, you can contact Netsafe. Our service is free, non-judgemental and available seven days a week.
- Email [email protected]
- Call toll free on 0508 NETSAFE (0508 638 723)
- Online report at netsafe.org.nz/report
- Text ‘Netsafe’ to 4282