Guidelines on the use of photographs and videos in Stars of Erin GAA Club
Taking photographs and using web sites and social media to publicise Stars of Erin are an everyday part of life in our club. A common sense approach is required when deciding what may or may not be appropriate as we do not wish to prohibit the advantage that this type of media can afford the club while adhering to best practice guidelines. This document is Stars of Erin’s official guide and policy in this area. By implementing the safeguards below Stars of Erin will: · Allow each of the sections to promote their activities in a safe and non threatening manner – this can mean publication of some events in local or national newspapers and on social media sites. · It should be noted that we have little or no influence on what photographs may be taken and published in local or national newspapers. Should we ever be unhappy with the publication of such photographs or images we can address this matter with the individual newspaper or the Press Council of Ireland and the Office of the Press Ombudsman. Stars of Erin Guidelines for Photographic/Recorded Images When parents/guardians register their children as a member of Stars of Erin GAA club they are granting their consent for the possible taking and publication of photographs and video footage of their children in the promotion of the club and the sport and the use of such imagery in line with the Stars Guidelines outlined below. · All children/young people featured in recordings must be appropriately dressed. · The photograph or recording should focus on the activity rather than on a particular young person. · No personal details relating to the young person should be revealed as accompanying materials to the photograph or recorded image. · Clubs, coaches and volunteers are permitted to use video equipment as a legitimate coaching aid and as a means of recording special occasions but must get permission from the children’s officer. Where a recording will be published on the websites, social media or distributed to parents or children, this should be notified beforehand to the relevant children’s officer within the Section. If the club or relevant committee are unhappy with any of the material they are entitled to withdraw their consent and destroy the material involved. · Parents and spectators are not permitted to record any children under 18. · Group and team photographs may be taken but it is not necessary to match a player’s name. The photograph may appear with the player's name recorded underneath but need not be in the order in which they appear in the photograph. · It is recognised that on certain occasions individual young people may receive recognition and may be presented with an award. When this happens in the case of an under age player any such photography or recording of events that involves individual presentations should be discussed in advance of the event and agreement reached with the club, parents and the young person themselves, as to what is and what is not permitted. · Any instances of the use of inappropriate images should be reported to the Section/Club’s Children’s Officer and/or Designated Person and also to the relevant statutory authorities as deemed appropriate.