Do your children play online games?  Did you know 3 in 5 young people experienced harassment in online multiplayer games?

What's online harassment and hate and what can families do.

Have the conversation with your family today -

Questions to Start the Conversation -

Do you like playing online games? What do you like about it? What don’t you like about it?

Have you ever seen or experienced online hate and harassment while playing online games? What happened? When it happened, what were your thoughts and feelings?

When you see hate and harassment in online games, does anyone say or do something? What did they say?

Dig Deeper

What do you think should be done about hate and harassment in online gaming?

What can individual players do? What can game companies do? What can elected officials or advocacy groups do?

Take Action

Ask: What can we do to help? What actions might make a difference?

Investigate the policies that gaming companies (or other digital platforms, like social media) have around online hate and the process for reporting. Reflect on whether you think their policies and reporting systems are effective and adequate. Then reach out to these companies either applauding them for effective politics or providing feedback about how they can do better.

Make a personal commitment to do your part to reduce and prevent online hate by self-reflecting on your own online gaming habits and finding opportunities to speak out about online hate, provided that it is safe to do so.

CLICK HERE for links to find:

  1. Guides on how to report hate on a variety of online platforms from the platforms themselves
  2. A quick reference on platform policies around hate, especially in terms of what identifying characteristics are protected, to help with reporting hate online.
  3. The full policies governing each platform for those who want more information.