Parents play a crucial part in supporting the involvement of their children in football.
The FA aims to help parents play a positive role, recognising that involvement in football can greatly influence the development of children, both in the football environment and in their overall lifestyles. Parents also have a big responsibility as part of The FA's Respect programme. Respect is working to eradicate touchline abuse in football, and parents can play their part by agreeing to, and signing, their club's Code of Conduct and abiding by them throughout the season. Parents also have a responsibility for their children's behaviour. The players will also be asked to sign a Code of Conduct, and parents can encourage their children to adhere to the players' code.
If you are a parent and interesting helping one of your local clubs and leagues and need more advice please don’t hesitate to contact Andy Somers, our Volunteer & Coaching Workforce Development Officer here at Manchester FA email@example.com
Staying safe online: Football and CEOP join forces
Millions of children across the UK have access to the internet. It is now central to how they stay in touch with their friends and family. However the internet is also a public place and while bringing many benefits and opportunities, also opens up new risks and challenges. That’s why The FA and Manchester Football Association have teamed up with the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre.
CEOP is part of the UK police, set up to tackle the sexual exploitation of children. The CEOP Centre aims to educate children, young people, their parents, carers and fans to understand the risks they may face online and what they can do to empower themselves to stay safe. They also track, locate and hold child sex offenders to account.
Football uses the internet to communicate to coaches, referees, medics, welfare officers, young leaders, players, parents/carers and fans. We all need to understand how to make use of this technology appropriately and working with the CEOP Centres education programme ‘Thinkuknow’ will help to do this.
Thinkuknow is an excellent education programme developed by the CEOP Centre, which delivers online safety messages to young people, their parents and the public. The ‘Thinkuknow’ programme uses innovative materials, aimed at empowering young people and their parents, to make the right choices when using the internet. The materials include films, leaflets, posters and a website, which focus on three key themes: how to have fun online, how to stay in control online and how to report.
We recommend that you take the time to visit the ‘Thinkuknow’ website simply click on the ‘Thinkuknow’ logo below.