Notice regarding Social Media and Online Forums

As mentioned in the Synopsis of the CLRG meeting in January, a sub-committee has been set up to research
and investigate behaviours on both social media and on message boards.
We will be opening the conversation to registered teachers and to the public, to get community engagement and
feedback about how CLRG can help to protect our community members privacy and dignity, and also maintain
fairness and transparency at our events.
CLRG is looking at ways that Social Media and other online vehicles can be used in positive ways for the Irish
Dancing Community, and forming guidelines on how to educate teachers, dancers and members of the
community in appropriate online behaviours.
The sub-committee’s process will lead to refinement and expansion of our existing Social Media Guidelines
through proper channels on the CLRG floor. We will be sharing an online survey to increase community
engagement and to consider all aspects of online activity as it pertains to the CLRG community. The
subcommittee will be researching and compiling data, and will consult with industry professionals and legal
experts prior to proposing new and updated rules.
Here is a link to our existing Social Media Guidelines Document Please familiarize yourselves with the content.
In addition, please note the following recommendations:
- Teachers are asked to avoid posting on VOY forums, including replies to conversations and promotion of
feis dates.
- Teachers, dancers and parents are discouraged from posting images of dancers on social media in the
days or hours leading up to a competition where the dancers are strategically identified with their age
group, competitor number, costume etc.
- It is recommended that teachers not allow themselves or their business pages to be tagged in any
unauthorised posts and teachers should closely monitor the online activities of parents and dancers
within their own schools.
- Teachers associates, employees, and agents should be informed of our existing rules, plus these
additional recommendations. (Including co-workers, feis committee members, tabulation companies,
costume makers, and social media contractors.)
- Teachers are responsible for communicating with their dancers, families, and associates to promote
acceptable behaviour on message boards and social media.
- If teachers see inappropriate posts, slanderous comments, or any other distasteful online behaviour,
please take a screenshot and keep a record on file including date and time and context.
Thank you for your attention to this important matter and we look forward to your feedback via our survey.
Owen McAuley, Jackie Scanlan and Barbara Blakey O’Brien


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