Social Media Policy

Background

“Social media” is the term commonly given to web-based tools which allow users to interact with each other in some way – by sharing information, opinions, knowledge and interests online. As the name implies, social media involves the building of online communities or networks to encourage participation and engagement. Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers maintain a presence on a number of internet based platforms, such as Facebook and Twitter. The club recognises the importance of these platforms for the promotion of the club’s activities and in providing a place for members to interact and build the club community.

This policy outlines some simple guidelines that should be followed by club members when using any Thirsk and Sowerby online platform.

Management

Club members should consult with the Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers Committee to obtain approval for any new social media presence, members should also be aware that social media platforms have their own terms and conditions which generally include seeking permission from the organisation you wish to represent. Password and log in management will be managed by the secretary and the web master. Club members should not share Login details or passwords with other users. Should club members wish to up load photographs and information, log in details can be sought from the club secretary and web master of any ongoing platforms Thirsk and Sowerby have. Log in details will be changed on a regular basis by the web master and the secretary. Social media platforms will be closed (i.e. only accessible to club members).

Do’s and Dont’s before posting/interacting on Social Media

  • Be respectful. Be positive. Treat others the way you would like to be treated.
  • Remember many different audiences will see your posts including club members, potential members, children, members’ relatives and friends.
  • Be professional and polite.
  • Avoid posting inflammatory, extraneous, objectionable or off-topic messages that may provoke others into an emotional response (trolling/flaming). Avoid topics that may be controversial, like politics and religion. Don’t post anything that you wouldn’t say openly in a workplace such as comments about drug use, profanity, off-colour or sexual humour, ethnic slurs, or personal insults.
  • Be in the right state of mind when you make a post. Don’t post when you’re angry, upset, or your judgment is impaired in any way. Remember, the Internet is permanent!

Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers reserve the right to delete any post or comment within any club forum, without warning or notice. Persistent flouting of the policy will result in banning from the forums and/ or club disciplinary action.

Complaints

If you have any concerns and wish to complain about any post please contact a member of the committee detailing your complaint. The complaint will then be investigated by Thirsk and Sowerby committee following the Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers Complaints and Grievance Procedure.

Useful Links

Uk Athletics Social Media Guidance