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Discord app: What Parents Need to Know

Are you a parent of a teen who spends a lot of time online playing video games? And you want to keep tabs on your kid`s interests? Then you need to take time and familiarize yourself with Discord app.

What the Discord is?

Discord is a free voice and text chat app, which allows to keep up with messages even when they are not playing the game. Also, Discord allows users to upload images, videos, and links into the text messages. So, if your kid is a gamer, it is more likely that they have this app.

Teens can access the Discord app via their smartphone or PC. Once they are there, they can join a chat they`ve been invited to or create their own, sharing messages with one person or a group and discussing a game by voice, text or video.

Is Discord Safe?

Talking about a gamer community, the biggest concern is the general acceptance of trash-talk, which may escalate into a cyberbullying attack.  Although there are some privacy settings to reduce the potential risk of being cyberbullied, only admins can ban the unfriendly user from the particular server.

Additionally, on the site, there are NSFW (Not Suitable for Wumpus) chat rooms, which have the 18+ rating and may be used for sexting. There is no age verification, but to tap the button, confirming that you are 18 years old so even underage kids can access such chat rooms alongside with inappropriate content.

Blocking & Privacy Settings

Discord has such safety options that allow to:

  • block direct messages from people not included to the user`s friend list.
  • block people on specific servers, which will stop seeing their messages and text in a server.
  • adjust privacy settings on the Friends table. Moreover, there is a possibility to choose who can send friend requests. For instance, everyone, friends of friends or Server Members.

Talk with your kid and decide what privacy settings are the best and help them to apply these settings.

How to protect kids on Discord

Discord has two ways that can help to protect your kid on Discord and ensure they are chatting with friends, not strangers. They include: 1) Blocking unwanted messages and friend requests; 2) Blocking inappropriate content;

Block undesired messages and friend requests

If you want to block undesired Discord text messages and friend requests, follow the next steps:

  1. Go to User Settings and choose Privacy & Safety option;
  2. Then disable direct text messages and friend requests from “everyone” and “server members.”

Block inappropriate content

Discord has an option to filter out all the explicit content so all inappropriate photos and videos will be automatically deleted. To protect your kid from X-rated content, follow the steps below:

  1. Go to User Settings and choose Privacy & Safety option;
  2. Click Keep Me Safe.

Discord Monitoring

Apart from modifying Discord Privacy settings, it is also important to have a conversation about your security concerns, mainly that you don’t want them chatting or sharing any sensitive information with strangers. This also includes friends-of-friends they have never met in real life.

Clearly explain your expectations of Discord safe use and the consequences of coloring outside the lines of your expectations (e.g., removing the app, Internet blocking for several days, etc.)

Also, discuss how much time your kid can spend on screens. If your kid spends all their free time on gaming and chatting on Discord, it is high time to raise a red flag. You can limit their Internet usage for school or sleep hours and restrict access to unwanted apps with Kidgy, low-cost parental control app.

As it was already mentioned, Discord has the same dangers as the other apps for youngsters do. There kids may come across cyberbullying, explicit content and other hazards. So if you think, your kid is not mature enough to differentiate what is good or bad online and stand up against bullies, it is better to moderate their apps and online usage with such parental control apps like Kidgy.


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