SOCIAL MEDIA CODE OF CONDUCT
Tynemouth Cricket Club fully understands and acknowledges the way in which “social media”: (using the internet, mobile phones, gaming, social networking (such as Facebook or Twitter) and other interactive services, have transformed the way we live. These technologies offer opportunities for us to reach, communicate and engage with those involved in sport, including our members, supporters, staff and players, however, as with any environment there are also risks.
Tynemouth Cricket Club accepts that it is any member’s, supporter’s, staff or player’s right to pass reasonable and considered comment on a specific match or on the sport in general. The club does, however, expect all such social media postings to be constructive and relevant given the potentially unrestricted audience of services such as Facebook or Twitter that the club chooses to use for its marketing.
The following conditions are the basis of our Social Media Code of Conduct and apply to any social media posting relating either directly or indirectly to Tynemouth Cricket Club that might reasonably be regarded as reflecting on the club in any way.
No social media posting may be made by a member, supporter or player that:
Contains any threatening, abusive, insulting or indecent language
Purports to be from TCC but is from an unauthorised source
Discriminates on any grounds, including race, colour, ethnicity, nationality, faith, sexual orientation, social class or disability
Is detrimental to the interests of TCC or to the game of cricket in general, or which brings TCC or the game of cricket into disrepute
The individual could reasonably be expected to know would implicate a third party in any disciplinary or legal hearings that may include the copying and redistribution of any third party social media posting
The individual might reasonably be expected to know would undermine the unity of a team, of the management committee or the standing of TCC in general
Discloses any matter that is confidential to TCC or its management committee, that may include, but is not restricted to, team selection, tactics or player injuries or general welfare matters or financial information
All members, supporters and players are reminded that while an individual’s opinions may not represent the opinion of TCC, they can very easily reflect on the club. As such, all members, supporters and players are expected to uphold the club’s values, as well as its long and proud history, in any social media posting that they choose to make. Given the potentially severe sanctions following any breach of the code of conduct members, supporters and players should endeavour keep all personal and authorised login details
and passwords secure.
Any member, supporter or player failing to adhere to this code of conduct must accept that they may face disciplinary measures that may include suspension from or barring from TCC, and may affect participation in sport beyond TCC.
Any breach of this code of conduct or concerns can be reported to the Welfare Officer or a member of the management committee or coaching staff.
Tynemouth Cricket Club’s Safe Hands Welfare Policy incorporates the ECB E-Safety - Guidelines on Communication and Interactive Technologies.