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PHOTOGRAPHING, FILMING CHILDREN AND SOCIAL MEDIA POLICY

NOVEMBER 2021
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PHOTOGRAPHING, FILMING CHILDREN AND SOCIAL MEDIA POLICY  

NOVEMBER 2021 

KEY Sports Academy & FC agrees with the FA that photographing or filming their children playing football improves everyone’s enjoyment and progress. It’s invaluable to have a picture reminder of our kids playing and enjoying football. The FA wants to reassure parents, caregivers, coaches, fans, players, and local media that taking proper photographs of youngsters in football is encouraged.

The most common cause for concern is the posting of photographs on social media. KEY Sports Academy & FC understands that the use of photos and film on websites, social media, posters, in the press, or other publications can pose direct and indirect risks to children if they are not managed appropriately, so we have the following specific guidance for parents, carers, spectators, and club officials:

1. All parents are requested to provide their approval for their child to be photographed during training or matches when they join the club. That consent can be withheld by parents.

2. The Club does NOT allow the recording of photographs in changing rooms, showers, or toilets, including the use of image-recording mobile phones.

3. Parents, caregivers, and players should use caution while sharing images and videos on social media platforms and websites. The following guidelines should be followed:

4. When uploading an image or video online or in the press, do NOT identify a child or children by name, nor do you publish any other personal details or anything that could help a third party identify the child.

5. Coaches and Club Officials may photograph or video matches or training sessions to broadcast on our website or other social media platforms, such as Facebook, or to utilise as a training aid. If you have any concerns about your kid appearing in a photo (for example, if the child is subject to care proceedings), it’s important to talk to your child’s coach, our Head Coach, or our Safeguarding Officers, who will make sure the club is informed and appropriate, agreed-upon actions are taken.

6. If parents want to take photos or film at away matches, they must first get permission from the KEY Sports Academy and the FC manager. Respect and consideration for all players and officials are the most important rules to follow.

7. Make sure that any children in a photo or video are clothed appropriately, with a shirt and shorts at the very least.

8. Please notify the Club Welfare Officer, Coach, or Club Official if you are worried about the inappropriate usage of photographs.

To report potentially unlawful materials on the internet please contact: The FA’s Case Management Team Email: case.management@TheFA.com or Telephone: 0207 745 4787

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