MSA WARNS OF CY­BER BUL­LY­ING PROB­LEM

Gen­eral sec­re­tary says clubs need to play a role in avoid­ing abuse af­ter race in­ci­dents

Motor Sport News - - Karting -

mo­tor­sport events. Equally there should be no room in our sport for abuse, ag­gres­sion, in­tim­i­da­tion or bul­ly­ing on­line. This in­cludes in­cit­ing, whether in­ten­tion­ally or un­in­ten­tion­ally, ‘trial by so­cial me­dia’ fol­low­ing an in­ci­dent.

“I am ask­ing kart rac­ing clubs and cham­pi­onships to be a first line of de­fence on tack­ling abuse. All clubs and cham­pi­onships have our full sup­port. Where nec­es­sary, the MSA will act as a se­cond line of de­fence to tackle such abuse through ex­ist­ing dis­ci­plinary pro­cesses.

“The MSA al­ready has best prac­tice guide­lines for so­cial me­dia use, and I will com­mit to re­vise and up­date th­ese. The MSA will also is­sue sim­ple best prac­tice guid­ance for ev­ery­one to con­sider when us­ing so­cial me­dia to pro­mote or dis­cuss our sport.”

Th­ese lat­est guide­lines will sup­port the MSA’S Race‘n’re­spect cam­paign – launched last year – which is de­signed to cre­ate a pos­i­tive at­mos­phere on and off the track. It’s based on val­ues of re­spect, fair play, self-con­trol, good man­ners and sin­cer­ity.

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