r/teenagers 9d ago Silver Helpful Wholesome

Mod [mod] Important Rule Updates & Online Safety Information for r/teenagers

182 Upvotes

Hey teens!

You may or may not be aware of the current state of internet safety (and user privacy) both inside and outside of the r/teenagers community. The aim of this post is to educate our community on what to look out for in terms of internet safety and privacy, and ensure we are keeping ourselves and others safe on the internet in an evergrowing age of hidden identities behind screens.

While this post will briefly explain how to keep yourself safe online, none of us here are cybersecurity experts. We will mostly be addressing safety/privacy issues regarding NSFW and predatory content within our own subreddit, but will also provide links to information and resources where you can learn how to protect yourself better on the internet. While these 2 topics are not directly linked, they definitely tie in with each other in terms of keeping teenagers safe online, and we strongly recommend checking out the resources below.

Don’t hesitate to ask any questions in the comments of this post, we’ll be sticking around and answering them!

Predatory DM’s and Posts

The main issue affecting r/teenagers currently is the sexualisation of minors and the increased amount of predatory comments. The moderators here have always been very tough on NSFW rules, and it will always stay that way. However, users posting images ‘exposing’ the people in these predatory DM’s are not allowed. It is already stated in the rules that all images of DM’s will be removed under the spam clause, though this may differ on a case-by-case basis. We will continue to remove more of these posts, focusing primarily on predatory ones, to clear the subreddit of spam and ultimately protect our most vulnerable users.

We are working with the necessary people to encourage a safe and inviting subreddit for all of our users - Specifically targeting ‘pedophiles’ or otherwise predatory accounts - this includes law enforcement action if necessary and possible.

How You Can Help

Though the subreddit is full of them currently, posting screenshots of predatory DM’s you’ve received does more harm than good. The best action is to report them to Reddit admins, as r/teenagers moderators are not allowed to moderate DM’s outside of this community.

You cannot post predatory DM images on r/teenagers for 2 main reasons:

  • They violate Reddit ToS (Terms of Service) due to ‘witch hunting’, which is the act of targeting a specific user with negative intent.
  • If a predator has DM’d you, it is likely they’ve viewed your profile. If they know they’ve been ‘exposed’, they may delete all the evidence of your claim.

As r/teenagers moderators can only moderate for content within the subreddit- If the predatory user is active on this subreddit, you can report them to us through modmail. You can just send through the user’s u/ name, or you may include links to evidence if you wish. All of these are investigated thoroughly and all found predatory users are permanently banned from r/teenagers and reported to Reddit as a whole. We will continue to be very strict on predatory content in the subreddit.

It is also worth noting: Some users are creating new Reddit accounts posing as young teenagers with the intent to use it as ‘pedo-bait’ on r/teenagers. This is not allowed. These accounts will be treated as would any other predatory content, and “it’s just pedo-bait” is not a valid excuse for a ban appeal.

Personal Information: Rule Changes - 3.e/f

Due to the increased sexualisation of minors in r/teenagers, we are expanding the rules regarding personal information. This subreddit serves as a safe place for teenagers to hang out, and user safety is our top priority. In an effort to increase user safety & privacy in r/teenagers, we will be making 2 major changes:

  • We’ve added a clause regarding selfies with the intent to tackle sexualization of minors and reduce the number of ‘catfishing’.
  • Secondly, we will be introducing the “Selfie” flair which will be for, wait for it… Selfies! This is to reduce the amount of selfies posted under miscellaneous flairs.

The same goes for comments - Users commenting ‘sexually suggestive’ things, or otherwise sexualising minors will be banned accordingly. This is an area that we need to strictly enforce, and there will be zero tolerance for this behaviour.

Last thing: we’ve seen an increase in impersonation of other people. Impersonating anyone, either from in this subreddit or anywhere else across the internet, will result in a permanent ban. This content goes against Reddit ToS, and it is very simple for moderators to detect and remove fake or stolen images.

A Reddit Talk is currently planned for June 4th @ 6pm UCT to discuss and review the changes with the community. This specific talk will be hosted by moderators only. The amazing group of r/teenagers talk hosts (moderators + community members) run talks every weekend where we involve the community in fun activities - Whether it be sharing spooky stories for Halloween, discussing our favourite childhood cartoons, learning how to play DnD, or helping each other out during college application season. We’d love to see you there! :)

Cybersecurity - Helpful Links & Resources

What is Cybersecurity?

Top 10 Secure Computing Tips

10 Personal Cyber Security Tips - #CyberAware

US Government CISA Cybersecurity

SHIELDS UP CISA

Australian Government Cybersecurity

ECSO - European Cyber Security Organisation

7 Tips to Manage Your Identity and Protect Your Privacy Online

Careers in Cybersecurity

Please be wary of what you share online.

TLDR

  • Just above here, you will find some links & resources to improve your online safety.
  • Posting images of predatory DM’s you receive will often result in a removal, but will continue to be judged on a case-by-case basis.
  • We are working with the necessary people and doing all we can currently to limit the number of predators in the subreddit.
  • If the predatory incident occurred in DM’s, you can report the user to Reddit. If the predatory user has content on r/teenagers, you can send a report to Reddit, but also send us a modmail and we’ll make sure to ban the user from the subreddit permanently.
  • Content deemed as ‘sexually suggestive’ will now be removed more consistently, alongside traditional NSFW posts and comments.
  • We are introducing a new “Selfie" flair to reduce the load of selfie posts on other flairs.
  • Users creating ‘pedo-bait’ accounts will be treated just as any other predatory content is treated.
  • Impersonation of any kind will result in a permanent ban, at moderator discretion.

We truly hope this information is helpful, and wish you a safe trip across the Wild Wild Web!

- the r/teenagers mod team <3


r/teenagers 9d ago Helpful

Mod [Mod] Mental Health Month Events

231 Upvotes

Hi all!

May is here, and that means it's time to talk about mental health.

May is mental health month and to raise awareness for one of the biggest issues for our demographic, the Reddit mods have come up with a few events for all of you.

First up, we are rolling out a form for a Mental Health Playlist. You can submit your favorite song for two different categories: "Songs when you need a pick-me-up" and "Songs to channel your sadness." Winners will be announced here and on discord (and receive bragging rights, of course)!

Secondly, we have a contest for you: an art contest! Any r/teenagers member can design a piece of art that promotes or represents mental health awareness to you. It can be made submitted at the google form linked below. Submission rules are noted inside the google form. Winners will be announced on Sunday, May 22, featured on the subreddit's banner for the rest of May, and awarded a mod community award.

Finally, we're in the works to plan a Reddit talk with a verified psychologist! If you ever wanted a better understanding of mental health and how to better deal with the low moments of our lives that we all face, tune in! We'll be announcing it at a later date, so keep your eyes peeled.

Show up in our discord to find another few events that we've planned for the community. Most importantly, keep your chins up everyone and stay healthy! Take some self-care days and relax!

- r/teenagers mods

The Spotify Playlist: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdR5er6nCgNxf7w9U5I9obPW3pKctQAVa16w3LeRkhqQXTv7Q/viewform

The Art Contest: https://forms.gle/EMBZRckrcb598NjR6


r/teenagers 7h ago

Discussion bruh this dude said I have "big clit energy" 💀

1.1k Upvotes

Wtf is that supposed to mean???


r/teenagers 7h ago

Rant I fucking hate being me

424 Upvotes

So i was talking to this girl on snap, y’know basic small talk. She asked me to send a pic of my face, so i took a photo and sent it. After she opened it she ignored my messages and unfriended me.

I’m just gonna jump off a cliff.

EDIT: Forgot that english used gendered pronouns EDIT2: Shit like this is why i also have confidence issues


r/teenagers 6h ago

Meme I'm probably going to get downvoted, but [insert incredibly popular opinion here that's already been talked about in a million posts].

310 Upvotes

r/teenagers 8h ago

Other Hey girl , Are you a newspaper ?

296 Upvotes

cause there's an issue with u every fucking day.


r/teenagers 9h ago

Rant My Catholic family think's I'm evil for being pro-choice

327 Upvotes

We were just watching a show about a teenager who got pregnant and i blurted out "Why not get an abortion" and then my whole family gets mad at me, I even told facts that abortion isn't even that bad and shouldn't be stigmatized, And then my dad asks me "If you have a gf and she gets pregnant would you abort it?" And i said "yes" and then he goes "Oh so you think your cool for Saying that?" Like what? I was just stating a fact. And i was just stating my opinion and facts on why abortion isn't so bad? It's not that deep


r/teenagers 11h ago

Other men will swear theyre straight and then watch jojos. something dont add up.

385 Upvotes

r/teenagers 5h ago

Other Sending n*des is one of the stupidest things a person (specifically a fuckin teenager) can do, like how stupid can you be?

113 Upvotes
  • from someone who’s done it and regrets it with his life

r/teenagers 13h ago

Other my cat probably thinks i'm weird af when i scoop his litter box. he probably like "wtf does she want my poop for 🤨"

376 Upvotes

r/teenagers 12h ago

Other Hi, I'm a girl.

252 Upvotes

People told me this would get me free fake internet points, so uh what y'all doing today?


r/teenagers 6h ago

Other I just saw the biggest buffest meanest looking guy ever with a kitten at the vet and AHHHH SO CUTEEE

82 Upvotes

Like, you do not wanna mess with him, he was so intimidating with a serious face and then when he got his little kitten back from grooming, his face changed and like he was smiling and shit with this really really smol kitten ITS JUST SO CUTE


r/teenagers 8h ago

Discussion i just found out the reason ppl arent allowed to use the bathroom at school anymore

102 Upvotes

ppl were doing haircuts in there😭 like full on appointments too. they had dye, bleach, straighteners, curlers, everything like bro💀

they were making bank too and for what like i couldve started it and gotten hundreds off it


r/teenagers 20h ago

Rant Can we like not with the absurdity of neo pronouns?

894 Upvotes

Like fr I understand wanting to be called something but like it's getting ridiculous at this point like sorry I didnt call you by the 67th spell incarnation of the forbidden ancient script from the Egyptian gods like I swear I could literally make a movie about magic and spells and stuff and I could most likely put 10 neo pronouns linked and say that's a spell and I bet most people would believe it

Edit: to clarify, I do not hate neo pronouns nor do I believe that they shouldnt exist, however the amount of neo pronouns that exist is absurd


r/teenagers 49m ago Wholesome

Other Hi I'm a boy

Upvotes

No free internet points for me.


r/teenagers 22h ago Silver Helpful

Relationship My crush talked about her crush with me for 2 hours straight.

1.0k Upvotes

r/teenagers 6h ago

Other Women with swords look 10 times better than women without swords

63 Upvotes

r/teenagers 5h ago

Art why do leftists be advocating for trans rights ugh yall should be advocationg trans lefts fucking hypocrites 🙄🙄

45 Upvotes

r/teenagers 4h ago

Social I like you...

32 Upvotes

You know why?

Because you’re hella awesome! 😎 🤩


r/teenagers 2h ago

Discussion Why do some teens think it's really cool to believe in a political ideology that killed millions 💀

21 Upvotes

r/teenagers 1h ago

Social Today’s my birthday!

Upvotes

Finally not a 13 year old


r/teenagers 1h ago

Other In honour of the guy saying my gay hat is a little too much

Upvotes

I will be ordering an entire gay outfit just for you ❤️