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This month, in honor of the Hotline’s second birthday, we’re sharing tips and resources we’ve gleaned from two years of Games and Online Harassment Hotline operation!

Today, let’s talk about how to make the online spaces we engage with welcoming, supportive, and less toxic.

Whether you have an existing community, you’re looking to join a new one, or you’re trying to start your own, there are intentional steps we can take to make online and gaming communities more supportive for everyone.
Here are some things to keep in mind when creating or participating in a supportive community:

    1. Make sure everyone feels welcome, seen, and valued.

    2. Center the most marginalized members of your community.

    3. Practice active listening and be open to feedback.

    4. Be proactive about addressing harmful behavior.

    5. Acknowledge and talk about online harassment directly and openly within your group.

    6. Make commitments together to each other and the shared community space.

    7. Agree that harassment won’t be tolerated within the space, and that you’ll all support each other when harassment happens to someone in the community.

    8. Create a designated space (like a separate discord channel, group chat, etc) that exists specifically for people to reach out for help before, during, and after harassment happens.

Your community can be a space to provide emotional support, share resources, and make sure everyone feels safe.

If you’re looking for more ways to support people in your community who are experiencing online harassment, the Games and Online Harassment Hotline is here for you and them.

To get started, text "SUPPORT" to 23368.

The Games and Online Harassment Hotline provides free, text message-based, confidential emotional support to anyone who needs it from people who understand abuse and harassment in games.

Supporters like you make the Hotline possible. Donate today and help us expand our reach!
DONATE TODAY!
STREAMING THIS MONTH
Thank you to our amazing community of streamers who are showing up for the Hotline this month. Last up:
  • August 26 @5 PM PT: Prince_Harming - catch one of our very favorite drag kings for their second Games Hotline stream!
Are you interested in streaming for the Hotline? Get in touch!
 
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