Club Welfare

Social Media and Photography – Best Practice


The technologies of the internet and photography are merging into one and as a result it is now easy to take a digital photo on your phone camera and post it on a social media site (for example blogs, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram). Whilst we all want to share and enjoy our cycling experiences, we should also consider carefully before posting a photo or a comment. The image or posting may well be available to a much wider audience than we intended, where some might not have the best interests towards to the people featured in the photographs. In some cases this could lead to cyber-bullying or “grooming” of children for illegal purposes.

Before publishing any photo on the internet it is recommended that you get the permission of the person concerned. For all photos containing a person aged under 18 or a vulnerable adult, then permission of the parent or carer must always be sought.

British Cycling provides the following advice for photography at events involving children or vulnerable adults

• Only take on the bike, action shots.

• The visual content and captions should not identify the rider’s full identity or location.

• Attire – Any person featured in a photograph should be suitably dressed and the photographs should focus on the activity rather than a full body shot.

Social media

‘Social media’ refers to online services such as blogs, discussion forums, podcasts and instant messaging, which includes such names as Bebo, Facebook, Piczo, Hi5, MySpace and Twitter. In addition there are also video and photo sharing services such as YouTube, Instagram and Flickr, as well as online games and virtual reality sites.

The British Cycling guidance for coaches and other club officers in positions of trust and responsibility for children recommends that they should not to be in direct and personal contact with young people through any form of social networking, texting or email service.

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