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Recent inappropriate and tasteless comments on social media have highlighted the downside risk of social media.
The editorial in this week’s Amateur Footballer (http://www.vafa.com.au/latest-news/social-media-responsible/) from Brett Connell – VAFA CEO wisely advises all in the VAFA community as follows: “Don’t send your mail the day you write it.”
Some key points include:
- Ask yourself this – are you aware as a member of the VAFA Community you are bound by the VAFA Social Media Policy, be you a VAFA Board member, VAFA Employee or volunteer, a player, a coach or Club Administrator, an umpire, State team official and athlete or support personnel?– well you are.
- Respect the law – This includes the laws governing: defamation, discrimination, harassment and copyright, …..; and …privacy, meaning you must not disclose other people’s personal information in conducting electronic communications and social media activities.
- Any VAFA User who is found to have sent inappropriate electronic communication, uploaded inappropriate website content or engaged in blogs that harass, offend, intimidate or humiliate may face investigation by the VAFA. Failure to comply with these guidelines may result in disciplinary action, which will be determined at the discretion of the VAFA. In serious cases, such as members publishing false or misleading comments about another person in a public domain may result in suspension from games or official positions.