In the current PFA newsletter, there is a reminder to all members about derogatory, libelous, and offensive comments being posted on social media.
There have been a few occurrences of questionable Facebook, Twitter and Email conversations circulating recently. As a result we feel that it is time to remind all our members that the “PFA Member Protection Policy” includes a section on... what is acceptable use of social media, we have reprinted this below.
Media policy 5.10 Social Networking Websites: Pétanque Federation Australia acknowledges the enormous value of social networking websites such as Facebook and Twitter to promote our sport and celebrate the achievements and success of the people involved in our sport.
Social networking refers to any interactive website or technology that enables people to communicate and/or share content via the internet. This includes social networking websites such as Facebook and Twitter. We expect all people bound by this policy to conduct themselves appropriately when using social networking sites to share information related to our sport.
In particular, social media activity including, but not limited to, postings, blogs, status updates, and tweets: • must not contain material which is, or has the potential to be, offensive, aggressive, defamatory, threatening, discriminatory, obscene, profane, harassing, embarrassing, intimidating, sexually explicit, bullying, hateful, racist, sexist or otherwise inappropriate; • must not contain material which is inaccurate, misleading or fraudulent; • must not contain material which is in breach of laws, court orders, undertakings or contracts; • should respect and maintain the privacy of others; and • should promote the sport in a positive way.
A final comment, please remember that many children have access to Facebook and Twitter, if you don’t think your children should be reading some of the things that get posted, don’t write them.