Northern Wave Social Media Policy


This Social Media Policy has been created in order to set down guidelines and advice for acceptable usage of all online social networking communications that relate to Northern Wave Swimming Club. This policy applies to all members or persons involved with Northern Wave and includes Coaches, Teachers, Committee Members, volunteers and swimmers.

Definition of social media

Social media is a type of interactive online media that allows parties to communicate instantly with each other or to share data in a public forum. This includes (but is not limited to) online social forums such as Twitter, Facebook and Linkedin, blogs and video and image sharing websites such as Instagram, YouTube and Flickr.

Social media in your personal life

Northern Wave recognises that many members make use of social media in a personal capacity.

In using social media for personal purposes, whilst you are not acting on behalf of Northern Wave, you should be aware that such activity can affect the club and its reputation if you are identified as being a member of the club.

Northern Wave asks that you are mindful of the reputation of the club and its members should you discuss Northern Wave via social media.

Northern Wave may review your personal use of social media if any activity is deemed to be causing harm to Northern Wave or another member of Northern Wave.

Contributing to Northern Wave’s social media

Members may contribute to Northern Wave’s social media activities, for example by posting in the club's Facebook groups, sharing posts or following the club's Instagram or Twitter.

Members must be aware at all times that while contributing to Northern Wave’s social media activities they are representing the Club.

Rules for using social media as a member of Northern Wave

Any publicly-available communications that you make through social media must:

  • Refrain from bringing the club into disrepute, for example by criticising or arguing with other members, making defamatory comments about individuals or other organisations or groups; posting images that are inappropriate or link to inappropriate content; Breach confidentiality for example giving away confidential information about another member.
  • Observe copyright laws, for example by ensuring you have permission before using someone else’s images or written content and provide acknowledgement where permission has been given to reproduce something.
  • Avoid doing anything that could be considered discriminatory against, or bullying or harassment of any individual, for example by making offensive or derogatory statements relating to age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation; or posting images or links to content that are discriminatory or offensive.