When using technology during a meeting or taking part in an online meeting the following should always be followed:

Young people

  • Write emails and online messages carefully and politely; as they could be forwarded or seen by someone not intended.
  • Know that people you meet online may not be who they say they are. If someone online suggests meeting up, then immediately talk to an adult.
  • Know that bullying in any form (on and offline) is not tolerated.
  • Do not deliberately upload or add any images, video, sounds or text that could upset, threaten the safety of or offend anyone.
  • Always protect personal information online.
  • Speak to an adult you trust if something happens to either yourself or another member which makes me feel worried, scared or uncomfortable.
  • Always follow the Code of Conduct.
  • Ensure you have read and talked about these rules with my parents/carers.


  • Read and talk about these rules with your child.
  • Read and talk about the Code of Conduct with your child.
  • Read and always follow the Young People First Code of Practice (yellow card) when involved in Scouting activities.
  • Ensure you appropriately monitor your child’s internet use and have the appropriate parental controls in place on all devices.


  • Take responsibility for the security of setting systems and the data they use or have access to.
  • Model good practice when using technology.
  • Embed online safety into programme delivery, wherever possible.
  • Have an awareness of a range of online safety issues and how they may be experienced by the young people in their care.
  • Identify online safety concerns and take appropriate action.
  • Always follow the Young People First Code of Practice (yellow card) including having a minimum of 2 adults present during online meetings.