Hampshire FA Stay Safe Online Guidelines

Hampshire FA have issued some information regarding keeping children safe online and also for acting in a responsible manner online. All participants in football, including players, managers and coaches, are required to act in a responsible manner online that does not bring the bring the game into disrepute. All participants can be charged under FA Rule E3 (1) and E3(2) for posts, comments and shares made online, and the information given below is aimed at helping to promote safe use of the internet for all participants in football in Hampshire.

Hampshire FA have teamed up with the NSPCC to provide Youth Clubs with the resources that will help to keep your children safe online. They have sent out two guides on how to keep children safe online.”Your Child’s Online World” gives parents hints and tips on how to approach your child about what they are viewing online and why they might be at risk. The second guide “A Parents Guide to Being Share Aware” reinforces these points and gives guidance to parents on what to do if something does go wrong.

The NSPCC – As well as the attached resources The NSPCC have a comprehensive website with hints tips and links, as well as videos and templates to share with your children. You can find the NSPSS Internet safety pages here.

Net Aware – Net Aware is an app which gives parents the opportunity to search for apps that their children may have downloaded, and gives a brief overview of the app, and the risks that are associated with it, as well as ‘top tips’ associated to those apps. You can find the Net Aware website here.

The O2 Guru’s – The NSPCC have also teamed up with O2 to give parents support and guidance that they need to help keep children safe online. Parents can ring 0808 800 5002 Monday – Friday 9am – 7pm, for this support, and you can also ring with your child. The O2 gurus will be able to give you tech support on issues such as, how to set up parental controls on your WIFI, or privacy settings on apps as well as personal issues such as how to stop online bullying and how to deal with ‘sexting’. Alternatively, you can walk into an O2 store, and ask to speak to one of their Guru’s to get the same advice. You can see the O2 Guru website here.