We would like to remind you about the challenges of Social Media channels and ask that you share the information with the coaches, parents and gymnasts at your club.
Whilst it's parents decision to allow or not to allow their children access to social media sites both London Gymnastics and British Gymnastics would like to remind parents and gymnasts that unfortunately in the world we live in, it is not unusual for undesirable people to use these genuine sites in order to try and persuade children and young people to engage in conversations which as parents we would not wish our children to do so.
Please think about the images you show of your gymnasts and coaches on social media. Whilst to most these images are innocent, to some they can be conceived at best inappropriate and may be misconstrued.
Think about what your gymnast is wearing, the position/pose of the gymnast, is there a coach in the picture, are they supporting the gymnast and how are they supporting them, is there skin to skin touching, whilst we all accept gymnastics is a hands on sport where gymnasts need supporting is the image that is being published appropriate.
In February 2018, British Gymnastics together with London Gymnastics will be supporting the national Social Media Awareness campaign, to help us protect our children from the dangers associated with some Social Media sites/users.
For additional information about go the Safeguarding and Compliance page on the British Gymnastics website
If you encounter sexual images of children online, please report to the Internet Watch Foundation at https://report.iwf.org.uk/en. Reporting only takes a few minutes and can be done completely anonymously.”
If you want advice you can contact the police, NSPCC or Chris Cason our Regional Welfare Officer by e-mail [email protected] or call 07504 420629