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Discord Safety

By AutismFather ao - Posted Oct 20, 17

For those of you that don't know, Discord is the latest communication software that is quickly gaining dominance over Skype and TeamSpeak and other programs that allow people to talk over the Internet.

Autcraft itself has a Discord server for people who support the server via Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/autismfather). We do not, however, have one for the entire server.

The reason for this is because we do not have the people nor the time to monitor it 24 hours a day, every day.

People need to remember that this is a server dedicated to the safety of children with autism. As such, we can't ensure safety if we're not there but more so, children with autism are, by the very definition, lacking in some social skills, communication skills and prone to emotional outbursts.

Imagine 50 children with autism from all around the world in a single voice channel all talking over each other.

Now, the reason I'm bringing this up is that many children who join the server feel that we should have one and since we don't, they will just go and make one themself and invite everyone to it. They clearly aren't really thinking about everything I just described or they don't think it would be as much of a problem as I do.

Either way, it always causes a problem. In 100% of cases, arguments and fights and drama on these Discord servers come back to Autcraft and we have to hear from children that are hating each other because of something that happened in some Discord server.

What's worse is that I continue to see children that are bullied and attacked by trolls online that are now creating Discord servers and then sharing the invite links to them in the places where they're bullied... on YouTube, their Enjin profiles and more.

These are OPEN INVITES to the general public meaning that anyone can go in and say anything they want to the children that start the servers and all the other children that have joined it.

Take a moment right now to think about your average YouTube comments section. Now imagine those same people clicking that Discord invite link, going into the voice channel and talking directly to your children.

That's happening.

So please, parents... I get that your kids want to socialize more. Autcraft gives them the freedom to do that without hate or judgment and they want more. Since we don't offer voice chat, they do it themselves.

Please be aware of what your children are doing online.

If we don't set up a Discord server because we know we can't keep it safe... that should tell you something about the Discord servers that your children are setting up and plastering public invite links everywhere for everyone.

Please keep your children safe online!

And players, kids... I understand your need to talk to others on the server, or anywhere. I get it, I really really do. But please understand... this is not safe. This is not the way to do it.

We applaud your dedication and determination. We applaud your ability to make things happen yourself. But please understand, we care about your safety.

If you must set up a voice program like Discord, do it quietly, discreetly. Invite friends only. Build it up over time. Do NOT share the links in public places.

We're not saying you can't talk to other people. We just want you to do it in a smart, safe way.

Be sure to check out their own article to parents to help show you the safest way to use Discord: https://blog.discordapp.com/parents-guide-to-discord-c77d91793e9c

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