Ensuring Club member safety is fundamental to the mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County
The Safety and Well-being of the 5,000+ Skagit County Kids and Teens Served Each Year is our Number One Priority
We work every day to create a safe, fun, and positive Club environment so Club members can have every opportunity to be successful in life. We have zero-tolerance for inappropriate behavior of any kind, including child sexual abuse or misconduct, and the organization invests resources purposefully to support this. Safety is not just important to us in our facilities, it is embedded in our culture, and this includes iClubhouse.
Before accessing any of the resources found within iClubhouse, we require that families review our Online Safety Training & Orientation Video. It is important to regularly review safety with your children, our members, and have ongoing conversations about the importance of remaining vigilant in protecting privacy. If any concerns develop, please contact Manny Smith, Director of Operations at 360-419-3723 x5, or call the BGCA Safety Hotline – 866-607-SAFE (7233).
iClubhouse Safety Tips for Parents
- Provide a safe & distraction-free environment for your child to participate in iClubhouse programming. Consider a quiet but observable area in your residence and remove any personally identifiable objects, such as family photos.
- Monitor and participate with your iClubhouse member whenever possible.
- Ensure you are aware of all services and websites your child uses. If you do not know how to access or use them, have your child demonstrate for you the activities they engage in with any website.
- Know that Boys & Girls Clubs staff and volunteers are mandatory reporters in the State of Washington There is a legal obligation to report any signs of abuse, including physical abuse, sexual abuse, exploitation, neglect, abandonment, criminal activity or online abuse. Be aware of what can be seen through the two-way video feed.
- Regularly discuss with your child about the need to not share email addresses, social media handles, phone numbers, or other personally identifiable information including your name, place of work, etc
- Review any materials necessary for an activity, and help your child in using tools or equipment such as scissors, depending on their age.