Online Safety

Photography and Video Guidelines

It is important to consider carefully what images of gymnasts you share online. This includes any photographs or video taken at home, in your club or at Scottish Gymnastics events. We strongly advise that members and parents follow our guidance in order to minimise risk to children and young people.

> Scottish Gymnastics Photography Guidelines

Safer Internet Day

Scottish Gymnastics support Safer Internet Day - a campaign which promotes online safety with a different theme each year.

Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre, the celebration sees thousands of organisations get involved to promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people. Safer Internet Day has been running for over 20 years, and the theme for 2023 is all about making space for conversations on online safety. Join us on 7 February where we share tools and resources to help you stay stafe. You can find out more about the campaign and sign up to receieve more information on the website. 

> Safer Intenet Day Information


You can find checklists and guidance to help you stay safe online, and links to the online safety agencies to contact if you want to raise an online concern. 

> Facebook Guidance
> Instagram Guidance
> Snapchat Guidance
> TikTok Guidance
> Twitter Guidance


Childnet has developed a set of SMART rules to help keep you, your friends and family safe online.

> SMART Rules

Clubs are using online platforms such as Zoom for online sessions. There is information on how to stay safe on a virtual call. We have developed guidance to help you with possible issues such as 'zoom bombing' if privacy settings have not been put in place.

> Scottish Gymnastics Zoom Guidelines
> Zoom Website Security Information

Facebook has a group video chat feature called Messenger Rooms for up to 50 people. You can put privacy settings in place, such as visibility and ‘locking rooms’.  

> Messenger Rooms Safety Video

Please make sure you update your social media apps and are familiar with privacy and security settings to stay safe online.

Online Safety Agencies

Thinkuknow is the main UK Government website with advice for parents on how to keep children safe online.

Childnet is an international, non-profit organisation working with others to make the internet a safe and great place providing top tips, internet safety information and resources to children, young people and parents.

Internet Matters is a not for profit organisation that empowers parents and carers to keep children safe in the digital world.

Net Aware is a partnership between the NSPCC and the O2, bringing child protection expertise and tech know-how together to provide information to help keep you and your children safe online.

Ineqe Safeguarding is an independent safeguarding organisation in the UK and Ireland that provide services to help make people safer online. Ineqe has also developed tips on how to stay safe on networking platforms like Zoom and House Party. 

Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) is a law enforcement agency dedicated to keeping children and young people safe from sexual abuse and grooming online. Concerns about inappropriate online communication between a child and an adult can be reported directly to CEOP.   

Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) works to remove illegal material from the internet. If you have found any material you believe to be illegal, eg child sex abuse images, other obscene material or material which incites racial hatred, you can report it to the IWF.