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Social Media Policy

SOCIAL MEDIAL POLICY

 

  1. INTRODUCTION

For the purpose of this Social Media and Networking Policy, the policy will encompass public communications through such internet mediums and websites as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram and any other social media network that allows users to communicate online as well as other forms of electronic communication, but not limited to, methods such as ‘texting’. The policy will be applicable to all members of the Wetaskiwin Olympian Swim Club, including board members, Teams and staff, swimmers’ family members and supporters. WOSC recognizes and appreciates the value of social media and the importance of social networking to all of its stakeholders. WOSC also respects the right of all swimmers and Club personnel to express their views publicly. At the same time we must be aware of the dangers social media and networking can present. The purpose of this policy is to educate the WOSC Community on the risks of social media and to ensure all members are aware that conduct deemed to be inappropriate may be subject to disciplinary action by the WOSC.

 

  1. SOCIAL MEDIA GUIDELINES

All WOSC members who participate in social media and networking are held to the same standards as it does for all other forms of media including radio, television and print. a) Comments or remarks of an inappropriate nature which are detrimental to Club or an individual will not be tolerated and will be subject to disciplinary action. b) It should be recognized that social media and comments such as ‘texting’ are on the record and can be instantly published and available to the public and media. You should conduct yourself in an appropriate and professional manner at all times. c) Use your best judgment at all times – pause before posting or sending. Once your comments are posted or sent they cannot be retracted. Ultimately, you are solely responsible for your comments.

 

  1. SOCIAL MEDIA VIOLATIONS

The following are examples of conduct through social media and networking mediums that are considered violations of WOSC Social Media and Networking Policy and may be subject to disciplinary action by the WOSC board a) Any statement deemed to be publicly critical of Association officials or detrimental to the welfare of a member Team, the Club or an individual. b) Divulging confidential information or any other matter of a sensitive nature to the Club or an individual. c) Negative or derogatory comments about any of the WOSC staff, programs, board members, swimmers or their families.  d) Any form of bullying, harassment, intimidation or threats against swimmers, board members or officials. e) Photographs, video or comments promoting negative influences or criminal behavior, including but not limited to: · drug use, · alcohol abuse, · public intoxication, · hazing · Sexual exploitation f) Online activity that contradicts the current policies of the WOSC or any of its member Associations. g) Inappropriate, derogatory, racist, or sexist comments of any kind, in keeping with the WOSC policies, regulations and or by-laws on these matters. h) Online activity that is meant to alarm other individuals or to misrepresent fact or truth.

 

  1. DISCIPLINE

Members can submit complaints in writing to the President. The WOSC board of directors will investigate reported violation(s) of this policy in an in camera session. If the investigation determines that a violation has occurred, the WOSC Board of Directors will impose an appropriate disciplinary action.

 

  1. SUMMARY

When using social media and networking mediums, the WOSC community should assume at all times they are representing WOSC and/or its members. All members of the WOSC community should remember to use the same discretion with texting and/or messaging, social media and networking as they do with other traditional forms of media. Should the identity of any member of the WOSC community be used in social media and networking without the Individual, or WOSC authorization, this is considered to be identity theft. Please notify the WOSC board of directors immediately.