Online technology continues to advance and change the way people communicate and interact on a daily basis.
Boccia Clubs, organisations, coaches and others involved in providing activities for children and young people and adults are increasingly using the internet and social media to promote boccia and communicate with them.
These forms of digital media and communication can provide great benefits. However, they can also pose potential safeguarding risks to children and young people and adults at risk.
Potential risks for young people
Online safety risks for young people and adults at risk can include, but are not limited to:
What online safety means for sport
Communicating with children and young people and adults at risk online can have great benefits for an a boccia club, from encouraging a team ethos, to gaining new club members.
Unfortunately, having negative experiences online can affect a young person’s enjoyment of sport as well as their performance. Clubs should make sure they put appropriate safeguards in place to protect children and adults from potential risks whilst in their care or communicating with them online.
Creating a safer online environment
Follow these steps to help ensure a safe online environment for children and young people and adults at risk in your boccia club:
For more information and about staying safe online take a look at the Boccia England guidance here.