What is Discord?
Discord is a social chat platform commonly used by online gamers that is available on computers and mobile devices, and accessible via a web browser. It lets you create a profile and interact with other users via online messaging, voice or video chat. You can share images, files and links to other services. The paid subscription option lets you upload larger file sizes, gives additional options for appearance customisation, and provides higher quality audio for voice chat.
Initially designed for the gaming community, Discord now hosts servers on a wide variety of interests. Once you have created a profile you can join servers based on your interests or create your own server and invite people to join. Servers are broken down into specific topics known as channels which can be flagged as NSFW (Not Safe For Work), meaning not safe to be viewed at work. For NSFW channels a user must click a button to indicate that they are over 18 before entering the chat.
How do people use Discord?
Lean more about the benefits and risks associated with how people use chat services like Discord.
How can you report online abuse or block someone?
- How to report issues
Advice on how to report an issue to the Trust & Safety Team.
- Blocking and privacy settings
How to control the messages you receive and stop someone from contacting you.
How can you protect your personal information?
- Four steps to a safer account
Learn how to make your account as secure as possible.
- Four steps to a safer server
Learn how to make your server as secure as possible.
Key safety links
- Community guidelines
The guidelines you are expected to uphold if you are an admin on a Discord server.
- Trust & Safety
The top questions around trust and safety on Discord.
- NSFW channels and content
Information about Not Safe For Work and how you can use it as a safety feature in your channels.
- Parent’s Guide to Discord
An article on the Discord blog that explains the features and privacy settings of the platform from a parent’s perspective.
- Terms of Service
The terms you agree to when you use Discord. A parent or guardian should review if under-18.
This outlines how data is collected and used on Discord.