Wodonga Football Association acknowledges that Cyber bullying is becoming a significant
threat to the safety and wellbeing of a whole generation of young people in our
sporting community and beyond.
Whilst not wishing to limit or stop any discussion about our game, we
wish to inform all members of our playing, coaching, officiating and
administration communities that actions that contravene the FFA, FNSW and
Victorian Codes of Conduct for Community Sport and Football, will be dealt
with, by the AWFA Executive and Disciplinary board, and these actions will be
considered as bringing the game into disrepute.
bullying involves harassment, insults and humiliation via technology such as
email, mobile phones, social networking sites, instant messaging programs, chat
rooms and websites.
is not a private space: it is a public place, and needs to be acknowledged as
such. Comments posted on Facebook, Twitter, Bebo, Myspace etc are considered to
be in the public domain.
The National Crime Prevention
Council's definition of cyber-bullying is:
"when the Internet, cell phones or other
devices are used to send or post text or images intended to hurt or embarrass
defines cyberbullying as:
'tormented, threatened, harassed, humiliated,
embarrassed or otherwise targeted'
person using text messaging, email, instant messaging or any other type
of digital technology."
can be as simple as continuing to send e-mail to someone who has said they want
no further contact with the sender, but it may also include threats, sexual remarks, pejorative labels (i.e.,
hate speech), ganging up on victims by
making them the subject of ridicule in forums, and posting false statements as
fact aimed at humiliation.
cyber bullying in Australia are increasing and, as young people's technological
abilities grow ahead of their maturity, the wider community must take
responsibility to encourage acceptable use of technology. Failure to do so will
result in more and more cases of cyber bullying and, ultimately, a generation
of young people with a skewed sense of reality
and Clubs and are not immune from these problems and they need to think clearly
about how they can manage the possible consequences. Clubs need to consider how
they can monitor communication between members, such as coaches and players.
How would a Club react if, for example, an player used a social networking site
like Facebook to post photos or comments which have undesirable and possibly
damaging consequences for the Club or players?
Other key considerations include issues of
privacy, physical and psychological safety, and the preservation of a Club's
reputation and a sport's image.
It is crucial
for Clubs to be aware of all issues relating to the misuse of technology and
ensure that they send a very clear message to their members and the local
community that such behaviour will not be tolerated. Club requirements
regarding technology use can be included in codes of behaviour, member
protection or related policies, guidelines and duty statements.
process for notification of the misuse of technology must be clear, concise and
simple. Research has shown that young people will often not report online abuse
for the fear of getting in trouble and losing their ability to remain connected
(for example, by being banned from using the internet by parents). Clubs must
undertake to treat complaints promptly, seriously, sympathetically and
confidentially, and to investigate complaints impartially. All issues of abuse
MUST be reported to the AWFA Executive via Club Secretary. AWFA Executive must
be informed of any action the club has taken to deal with the reported issue.
could also provide its members with advice on how to be safe online. Taking a
proactive approach - rather than reacting after an event - is always preferable
not divided into age-appropriate areas, it's one big world, and the methods
that cyber bullies can use to hurt others are only limited only by their
imaginations and their access to technology.
is an issue that affects the whole community, and as such, solutions must come
from a wide range of groups and Clubs. The ‘not my problem' approach, which
leaves others to deal with trouble, is unhelpful and alienating. Working
cohesively and collaboratively with and within the wider community will result
in a far better outcome. Clubs that become aware of issues regarding other
clubs have an obligation to report these issues to the AWFA Executive.
Some helpful sites
Victorian Code of Conduct
for Community Sport
Every person: spectator,
player, club member, official, participant, administrator, coach, parent or
member of the community involved with the sport, should work to ensure:
inclusion of every person
regardless of their age, gender or sexual orientation
inclusion of every person
regardless of their race, culture or religion
opportunities for people
of all abilities to participate in the sport and develop to their full
respect is shown towards
others, the club and the broader community
a safe and inclusive
environment for all
elimination of violent
and abusive behaviour
protection from sexual
harassment or intimidation.
Code applies to community sport, training and club sanctioned activities.
BRINGING THE GAME INTO DISREPUTE
2.1 A Member must not bring FFA or the game of
football into Disrepute.
2.2 Without limiting the generality of clause
2.1, a Member will be taken as having brought football into Disrepute if any of
the following occurs:
(a) discriminatory behaviour, including public
disparagement of, discriminationagainst, or vilification of, a person on
account of an Attribute;
(b) harassment, including sexual harassment or
any unwelcome sexual conduct which makes a person feel offended, humiliated
and/or intimidated where that reaction is reasonable in the circumstances;
(c) offensive behaviour, including offensive,
obscene, provocative or insulting gestures, language or chanting;
(d) provocation or incitement of hatred or
(e) spectator or crowd violence
(f) intimidation of Match Officials, which may
take the form of (but is not
to) derogatory or abusive words or gestures toward a Match Official or the use
of violence or threats to pressure a Match Official to take or omit to take
certain action regardless of where such action is taken;
(g) forgery and falsification, including
creation of a false document, forgery of a document or signature, the making of
a false claim or providing inaccurate or false information on a prescribed
(h) corruption, including offering a Benefit or
an advantage to a Player or an Official in an attempt to incite him or her to
violate FIFA Statutes or FFA Statutes;
abuse of position to obtain personal
2(j) commission or charge of a criminal offence;
or (k) any other conduct, behaviour or statement that materially injures the
reputation and goodwill of FFA or football generally.
PLAYERS CODE OF CONDUCT
- Play by the rules and understand the spirit of the game.
- Play to win and never set out to lose.
- Play fair to earn respect and to detest cheats.
- Refrain from sexual harassment towards fellow players, coaches and
- Never argue with an official, captain, coach or manager who is there to
maintain discipline and fair play.
- Control your temper and avoid verbal abuse, sledging or deliberately
distracting or provoking an opponent,
- Be honest with the coach concerning illness and injury.
- Work equally hard for yourself and/or your team.
- Be a good sport and applaud all good plays.
- Accept defeat with dignity and don't seek excuses for defeat or blame
the referee or anyone else.
- Promote the interests of football and encourage other people to watch it
or play it fairly.
- Treat all participants equally, and reject corruption, drugs, racism,
violence and other dangers to our sport.
- Help others to resist corrupting pressures and remind them of their
commitment to their team and the game.
- Co-operate with your coach, team-mates and opponents. Participate for
your own enjoyment and benefit.
- Respect the rights, dignity and worth of all participants, coaches and
- Denounce those who attempt to discredit our sport.
- Honour those who defend football's good
reputation with honesty and fairness and encourage others to act in the
Cyber Safety Info for Parents