Social Media Guidelines

BEST PRACTICE GUIDELINES ON USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA BY BBBofC MEMBERS AND OFFICIALS

These guidelines are intended to provide information for all licence holders of the British Boxing Board of Control who use social media websites, which include (but are not limited to) Facebook, Twitter, Bebo and Myspace, as well as internet forums and chatrooms.

New forms of communication provide increased opportunities to share information. Social media is interactive, conversational and open-ended. It exists in the public, not private domain. As a means of interactive conversation it can be extremely effective and its power within modern society is undeniable.

However, these guidelines are intended to assist users in avoiding some common pitfalls that can arise and to help social media to be used in a responsible way.

General Guidance

  • Do not write something that you would not be prepared to say to someone face to face.
  • When posting on a social media website, assume that anybody can access that post.
  • Check the privacy settings of your social media accounts. This will determine the extent to which the information you share is accessible.
  • Determine whether you are participating in a personal or official capacity and consider whether your opinions and activity are appropriate.
  • Never share personal details such as home address or telephone numbers.
  • Remember that participating in social media results in your comments being permanently available and open to being republished by other media outlets.
  • Respect confidentiality and be aware that safeguarding, libel, copyright and data protection laws apply.
  • Be aware that any interaction with social media may attract interest from the wider media.
  • Never use social media to insult anyone directly or indirectly.
  • You should be aware at all times that British Boxing Board of Control rules and regulations and UK law continue to be applicable in the online environment.
  • The British Boxing Board of Control hopes these Guidelines assist British Boxing Board of Control members and officials.