SafeSport provides guidelines for keeping kids safe online
The U.S. Center for SafeSport has released a valuable resource: this informational sheet on “Keeping Your Kids Safe Online During COVID-19.”
These guidelines recommend that all adults:
- Get parent/guardian permission for each type of online communication you use with athletes, including team apps, video sharing, and virtual training sessions.
- Should you need to communicate with an individual athlete, always copy the athlete’s parent/guardian or another adult. This includes notifying them with dates, times, and links to individual virtual sessions.
- Just like in-person meetings, one-on-one virtual interactions must be observable and interruptible and require written consent.
- Include the entire team in communications whenever possible and appropriate.
- Be transparent and professional in all communication with athletes and parents/guardians.
There are additional resources and recommendations specifically for coaches, parents/guardians and athletes.
US Club Soccer members are also encouraged to frequent usclubsoccer.org/safety, which aggregates a variety of information and resources related to Athlete and Participant Safety/Risk Management such as applicable policies, how to report a concern, reporting obligations pursuant to the SafeSport Act, and more.
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