Discord is a free voice and text chat for gamers that works on desktops and phones. With the phone app gamers can keep up with chats and messages even when they are not playing the game. Discord allows users to upload images, videos, and links from their device into their messages.
* Article first published October 13, 2016
Is Discord Safe?
A lot of concern with the gamer community is the general acceptance of trash-talk. This can become a cyberbullying risk. There are some privacy settings that can reduce the potential for cyberbullying, but currently only admins of the servers can kick/ban an unfriendly user from that particular server. Additionally, there are NSFW chat rooms on the site which have an 18+ plus rating and where sexting chats can and do happen. While there is a warning that a person is entering such a chat, all a user has to do is say they are 18+ and they have access to inappropriate content.
Blocking & Privacy Settings
Discord does let the user block direct messages from other users that are not on the user’s friends list. Users can also block individuals on specific servers by pulling up their profile, clicking on the three dots next to their user name, and choosing the block option. This will stop the user from seeing the offenders direct messages and their text in servers. However, this is not a reporting system and just blocks individual users from seeing messages they do not want to see.
Users can also adjust privacy settings on the Friends table. They can choose how friend’s requests are sent to them and also who is allowed to send them a request. This can include Everyone, Friends of Friends, or only Server Members. Or you can deselect all three and not receive requests at all. Talk with your child and decide what is best for them and help them set up these safety measures.
One of the best monitoring techniques is talking to your kids about their internet, gaming, app usage. Ask them who they hangout with online, how they met them, and what they talk about. Bark is working to monitor Discord, but currently is unable to do so. Go over their privacy settings and chat settings with them. Find out about each person they are talking to and use the settings to block inappropriate content.