Social media advice for athletes

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On Tuesday May 13 more than 80 SASI athletes and staff attended a Social Media and Reputation Management event presented by Angie Bainbridge from the Australian Federal Police (AFP) High Tech Crime Operations, Cyber Crime Prevention team.

The presentations were created specifically for elite athletes and professional sporting groups (athletes, training staff and their executive officers) and highlight the benefits and vulnerabilities of social networking. In 2013, the AFP delivered 78 such presentations to more than 4400 participants.

Angie, a former elite swimmer and gold and silver medalist at the Beijing and London Olympics, was able to draw on her athletic career and experiences to relate to the athletes and discuss the issues they face with social media. The three main areas of concern included privacy, relationship and reputation management.

Angie spoke specifically on the responsible use of social media platforms and the importance of being aware of online actions. She also provided tips on how to use social media to promote and enhance an athletic career and how to better manage privacy settings to protect personal information and minimise the chances of being a target for online crime such as identity fraud.

Brendan Tammo, SASI's Athlete Career & Education Coordinator, said the presentation provided a great opportunity for athletes and coaches to reflect on how they currently conduct their day-to-day actions on various social media platforms and how using these platforms more responsibly will help them better manage and protect their identities and reputations.

"They also learned how irresponsible online activity can affect their lives offline – things such as future and current employment and personal relationships," said Brendan. "There are a number of issues all young people face online and with the help of the AFP, we want to educate our athletes and coaches about potential risks so they can take steps to prevent problems from occurring."

On Tuesday May 13 more than 80 SASI athletes and staff attended a Social Media and Reputation Management event presented by Angie Bainbridge from the Australian Federal Police (AFP) High Tech Crime Operations, Cyber Crime Prevention team.

The presentations were created specifically for elite athletes and professional sporting groups (athletes, training staff and their executive officers) and highlight the benefits and vulnerabilities of social networking. In 2013, the AFP delivered 78 such presentations to more than 4400 participants.

Angie, a former elite swimmer and gold and silver medalist at the Beijing and London Olympics, was able to draw on her athletic career and experiences to relate to the athletes and discuss the issues they face with social media. The three main areas of concern included privacy, relationship and reputation management.

Angie spoke specifically on the responsible use of social media platforms and the importance of being aware of online actions. She also provided tips on how to use social media to promote and enhance an athletic career and how to better manage privacy settings to protect personal information and minimise the chances of being a target for online crime such as identity fraud.

Brendan Tammo, SASI's Athlete Career & Education Coordinator, said the presentation provided a great opportunity for athletes and coaches to reflect on how they currently conduct their day-to-day actions on various social media platforms and how using these platforms more responsibly will help them better manage and protect their identities and reputations.

"They also learned how irresponsible online activity can affect their lives offline – things such as future and current employment and personal relationships," said Brendan. "There are a number of issues all young people face online and with the help of the AFP, we want to educate our athletes and coaches about potential risks so they can take steps to prevent problems from occurring."

- See more at: http://dpti.sa.gov.au/activeforlife/article?item=317#sthash.h18lpNp3.dpuf

On Tuesday May 13 more than 80 SASI athletes and staff attended a Social Media and Reputation Management event presented by Angie Bainbridge from the Australian Federal Police (AFP) High Tech Crime Operations, Cyber Crime Prevention team.

The presentations were created specifically for elite athletes and professional sporting groups (athletes, training staff and their executive officers) and highlight the benefits and vulnerabilities of social networking. In 2013, the AFP delivered 78 such presentations to more than 4400 participants.

Angie, a former elite swimmer and gold and silver medalist at the Beijing and London Olympics, was able to draw on her athletic career and experiences to relate to the athletes and discuss the issues they face with social media. The three main areas of concern included privacy, relationship and reputation management.

Angie spoke specifically on the responsible use of social media platforms and the importance of being aware of online actions. She also provided tips on how to use social media to promote and enhance an athletic career and how to better manage privacy settings to protect personal information and minimise the chances of being a target for online crime such as identity fraud.

Brendan Tammo, SASI's Athlete Career & Education Coordinator, said the presentation provided a great opportunity for athletes and coaches to reflect on how they currently conduct their day-to-day actions on various social media platforms and how using these platforms more responsibly will help them better manage and protect their identities and reputations.

"They also learned how irresponsible online activity can affect their lives offline – things such as future and current employment and personal relationships," said Brendan. "There are a number of issues all young people face online and with the help of the AFP, we want to educate our athletes and coaches about potential risks so they can take steps to prevent problems from occurring."

- See more at: http://dpti.sa.gov.au/activeforlife/article?item=317#sthash.h18lpNp3.dpuf

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