Tips on how to stay safe online during the COVID-19 pandemic

Sporting organisations and community groups

Sporting organisations and clubs have an important role to play in keeping children and young people safe online.  

eSafety offers a range of resources to help sporting organisations, clubs and community groups review and improve their online safety policies and practices. 

Building a culture of online safety 

Creating a culture of online safety means identifying online risks and implementing strategies that involve managers, coaches, officials, participants, parents/carers and volunteers. You will need to think about establishing boundaries for online activity like social media use, processes for reporting incidents, and the use of photos and videos. 

Use our checklists and resources to review and improve your organisation’s online safety policies and practices. They can help identify better ways of managing social media and online behaviour to promote a culture of online safety. 


Tips for sports administrators 

This checklist outlines key online safety messages for sports administrators to consider when working with their coaches. It includes scenarios that could be used in a training context to highlight online risks and discuss risk mitigation strategies. It may also be relevant to school Heads of Sport. 


Tips for coaches 

This checklist includes helpful tips for coaches to build a team culture that values online safety. This includes establishing online boundaries, reporting processes, the use of photos and videos and setting a positive social media agenda with your team. 

Photos, videos, social media and fundraising

Like schools, sporting organisations and community groups should consider having policies in place for social media use, as well as for taking, storing and sharing photos and videos. 

For information on taking photos and videos of children in sporting clubs see the  Play by the Rules  website. 

Fundraising efforts also need attention. Most online fundraising platforms require fundraisers to set up a profile, which may include images of the fundraiser, along with other personal information including their name and school or organisation. A thorough risk assessment is advised before using online fundraising with your community.  

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