Our Policy Documents
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The International Physical Literacy Association is committed to providing a safe environment for all children under the age of 18, and it is therefore committed to ensuring that all necessary steps are taken to protect children from the inappropriate or uninformed use of their images in resources and media publications, on the website, social media networks and elsewhere.
Any concerns regarding inappropriate, or intrusive photography should be reported immediately via the website contact page or if at an event to the event organiser. All reports will be recorded and investigated in the same manner as any other safeguarding or child protection concern.
The guidelines cover the following key areas:
- the taking and/or publishing of photographic and recorded images of children
- the use of photographic or recorded image equipment at IPLA events
- Photographic or recorded images
- This includes images or recorded images using a camera, digital camera, video recorder, mobile phone or Personal Digital Assistant device (PDA).
Everyone within the International Physical Literacy Association should have an understanding of the issues relating to taking and use of photographic and recorded images of children and our policy on this. Parents and children have a right to decide whether children’s images are to be taken, and how those images may be used.
Parents and children must provide written consent prior to the event for children’s images to be taken and used. There may be legitimate reasons for denying consent i.e. subject to legal restrictions. If no consent has been given for a child, then it is to be made known to the event organiser so any accredited users are aware and can avoid taking photographs of that particular child.
Care should be taken to ensure that images are not sexual or exploitative in nature, nor open to obvious misinterpretation and misuse. All images of children should be securely stored to ensure that access is restricted to approved personnel and avoid inappropriate use. In the case of images used on the website, particular care will be taken to ensure that no identifying details facilitate contact with a child by a potential abuser. Suspected inappropriate taking of photographic or recorded images should be challenged and reported. Visual content or captions must not lead to the identification of children.
All sports images must promote the positive safety aspects of the sport. When assessing the potential risks in the use of images of players, the most important factor is the potential for inappropriate use of images of children. Awareness of the risks, and taking appropriate steps, can reduce the potential for misuse of images.
- Interaction via the International Physical Literacy Association social media channels is encouraged.
- The Social Media Policy must be adhered to at all times by administrators, moderators, members and non-members of the International Physical Literacy Association.
All members will be encouraged to read the Social Media Policy as this will form the backbone for moderation. It is hoped that the ‘online community’ will, to a certain degree, police itself and require little, if any, intervention from the International Physical Literacy Association. However, there may be occasions when intervention is necessary. For instance, if users within the International Physical Literacy network are put at risk or if users post content that is deemed offensive in any way.
The International Physical Literacy Association discourages users from sharing personal information that may allow other users to contact them separately. This personal information includes telephone numbers, email addresses, postal addresses, or specific times and places for meetings.
Users within the International Physical Literacy Association social networks are encouraged to behave respectfully and adhere to the Social Media Policy. Offensive material, including racist, rude and discriminatory posts will not be tolerated. Offensive material will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis, reviewing the content and author information before taking action. If the content is offensive, denigrating and completely out of context, then a firm response closing the conversation or directing it to a positive tone will be actioned, as well as taking the conversation offline. Offensive posts will be deleted by the International Physical Literacy Association. A record of the offensive post may be kept, including date, time, author information and content.
We strongly encourage users to respect others. We will review all comments posted on the network, and reserve the right to remove anything posted that:
- is hateful, harassing, threatening, offensive, untrue or obscene about another person;
- contains discriminatory comments regarding race, ethnicity, religion, gender, disability, sexual orientation or political beliefs;
- condones or promotes unlawful or illegal activity;
- is fraudulent, deceptive or misleading;
- is sexual or offensive graphically or in tone;
- contains spam or is intended to cause technical disruptions to this page or other people’s computers and devices;
- violates any applicable laws or regulations e.g. copyright or intellectual property rights; or
- promotes brands that have no association with the International Physical Literacy Association.
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