weBelong is an inclusive social platform that aims to connect people from all edges of the world. We believe that by creating a safe, inclusive and toxic free platform, we can support youth resilience as well as mental wellness. In order to build a welcoming community we feel it is important to have some rules and guidelines to ensure every user has a safe and comfortable experience in weBelong.
Our overall values can be summarized with three simple rules: RESPECT ALL USERS - Everything starts with respect. If you don’t agree with someone, try imagining where this person is coming from. Always leave some room for new ideas. Don’t limit yourself with your current idea. SHARE YOUR PASSION - Voice your opinion! We would always love to hear what you have to say. The best way to enjoy weBelong, and make sure you find a special place in weBelong is to follow those simrules above. What exactly we mean is spelled out below.
- Our users are diverse and come from all around the world. Everyone has a different story to tell and you may not be able to agree all the time. As a community rooted in “strength in celebrating differences”, we expect all of our users to respect each other, themselves, and the weBelong staff. Any form of demeaning people or certain groups (hate speech, rude or abusive behavior, bullying and misogyny) are strictly forbidden. You should behave the same way on weBelong as you would in real life.
- Don’t use transphobic, biphobic, homophobic, racist, sexist, anti-immigrant, fat-shaming language, or anything else that excludes or demeans marginalized groups.
- This includes everything from slurs to indirect or coded references.
- Avoid starting discussions that you know will hurt someone, or make them feel unwelcome here.
- Don’t invalidate people’s identities, feelings, or experiences. Each of us is the expert of our own experiences; respect that.
- This includes accusing others of “faking” something, or doing something “just for attention”.
- It also includes saying that certain identities don’t belong on weBelong, or that some identities aren’t “valid” or “real” (so don’t say that someone isn’t “really trans” because they have different experiences from you, or anything like that).
- Name-calling is never acceptable.
- Don’t fake your profile.
- Trying to interfere with someone else’s account or access to the site will not be tolerated.
- Don’t impersonate someone else.
- Don’t make duplicate accounts to get around a suspension, ban, or some other restriction.
- Don’t share accounts with others.
Connecting with other users
weBelong is NOT a dating platform - if you are looking for a date, use some other app. Any form of explicit content is forbidden. We take sexual harrasment seriously. Don’t share (or ask for) pictures or detailed descriptions of sex, naked bodies, or violence. This includes private messages. Don’t use it to solicit sexual encounters, conversations, or partners. Sexual Exploitation of minors is illegal. You should never share, save, screenshot or send nude or sexual content to anyone who is under 18 years old. Even if the content involves yourself. You also shouldn’t ask minors to send sexual content to you. Any child sexual exploitation will be reported directly to the police. We don’t recommend exchanging other social accounts. Any incidents out of the app will be out of our control.
We understand how we all are facing and dealing with some difficult issues in their everyday lives - whether that is big or small. We wish we had more support systems within the app (which we are working on!) At the same time, we do want to make sure the community of weBelong promotes safety and wellness. Please be aware that everyone’s journey is different - and take care of others as well as yourself at all times.
- Don’t show content that is gory or has graphic injuries.
- Don’t share content that promotes violence such as violent acts, guns, knives, or other weapons.
- Don’t use or promote drugs, drug accessories or equipment.
- Never, ever threaten another user, do something that threatens their wellbeing (like doxxing), or encourage them to do something dangerous to themselves or others.
- Whenever you post something that may be triggering for someone else, add the “Trigger warning” feature.
Advertisement and Scams
- Don’t use this platform to make money, or to promote/recruit your own organization.
- Don’t sell accounts.
- Don’t ask others for financial support.
- Don’t send coupon codes, sales links or referral links.
- Don’t do any forms of phishing, sending malicious links, malware or viruses are allowed.
- Don’t deceive others - such as pretending to be in distress or danger.
- Don’t Advertise your Paypal, Cashapp or other payment service links or QR codes.
The above guidelines are not meant to be a 100% complete list of what isn’t allowed - we consider each situation in context, and things might arise that don’t quite fit into the above list, but that we feel the need to act on, in order to preserve the safety and spirit of weBelong. But if you follow the above guidelines, and keep weBelong’s core values at heart, you can enjoy and contribute to what makes this such a special community! Remember:BE CARING, BE WELCOMING, TREAT OTHERS THE WAY YOU'D LIKE TO BE TREATED
If you see someone doing something you find it inappropriate/uncomfortable please let us know! Click the flag mark that appears on the top right on each piece of content throughout the site - click on that link, and tell us what’s going on. Here are some other important things to keep in mind:
- Use the “Report” feature rather than publicly accuse or shame someone - this can make situations worse, and also makes it harder for the admin to clean up the mess.
- Report with a proof - so that we can have a better understanding of what is happening. Any forms can be acceptable but preferably screenshots that capture the inappropriate behavior.
- If someone is repeatedly saying really terrible things, they might be trying to create a scene or hurt others for their amusement. In these situations, it’s best to block them and stop engaging with them (after you’ve reported them, of course). These types of users are often trying to get you upset and stuck talking to them.
- Don’t abuse the reporting system just to mess with someone. Only report posts that you think violate these guidelines, or where you think someone might be in danger. (Do not claim that someone is in danger just to try to get a moderator to review your report more quickly.)
Site staff review all reports. Actions taken based on reports are generally private, so you typically won’t find out whether the user you reported received a penalty or not.
If you break the above rules, you will receive a warning, and your content may be edited or removed. The warning will explain what you did wrong, and you need to acknowledge the warning before you can keep posting on the site. However, keep in mind that some actions are severe enough that they will get you permanently banned immediately, without any previous warnings. We know that each situation is different, and moderating a community like this is complex. We reserve the right to handle things on a case by case basis - these guidelines can change at any time.
Suicide and Other Crisis Support
Creating a safe place for everybody is at our core in weBelong, so please give each other space when sharing experiences, and treat each other with respect, consideration for your different experiences. Additionally, if you are worried for someone’s safety or wellbeing, you can report their posts to let the admin know. We will review, and may share resources or encouragement with them. This process will be kept entirely private and anonymous. Please keep in mind: weBelong is not designed to provide individualized suicide prevention therapy or crisis intervention. If you’re looking for more support, these are trusted mental health resources from all around the world.
- US National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): 1-800-950-NAMI - nationwide network and search function for support and education; https://www.nami.org/Support-Education/NAMI-HelpLine/Top-HelpLine-Resources
- US National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255) or 988 - Languages: English, Spanish; https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ (Deaf & Hard of Hearing Options): 1-800-799-4889
- US Samaritans: 877-870-HOPE (4673) - registered charity aimed at providing emotional support to anyone in distress or at risk of suicide throughout the United States; http://www.samaritansusa.org/
- US SAMHSA National Helpline: - 1-800-662-HELP (4357) - free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders
- US Trevor Project: 1-866-488-7386 - an organization that provides a 24-hour phone hotline, as well as limited-hour webchat and text options, for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth within the US; text TREVOR to 1-202-304-1200 (available M-F from 3:00 pm to 10:00 pm ET)
- US Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255 - 24/7 hotline that provides phone, webchat, and text options available to military veterans and their families. It provides options for deaf and hard of hearing individuals
- UK Campaign Against Living Miserably: 0800 58 58 58 - registered charity based in England aimed at bringing the suicide rate down among men aged 15–35 (daily, 5:00 pm to midnight); https://www.thecalmzone.net/
- UK Mental Health Pipeline: list of UK-based helplines, mental health charities, support groups and organizations that can offer expert advice when needing mental health help https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/mental-health-helplines/
- UK Samaritans: Samaritans Helpline can be reached at 0845 790 90 90; http://www.samaritans.org.uk/ - registered charity aimed at providing 24/7 emotional support to anyone in distress or at risk of suicide throughout the United Kingdom
- UK Saneline: 0300 304 7000 - Emotional support, information, and guidance for people affected by mental illness, their families, and carers. (daily, 4:30 pm to 10:30 pm); http://www.sane.org.uk/support
- UK Mental Health UK: Mental Health UK supports people affected by mental health problems including friends, family and carers. Working across the UK, we bring together over 40 years of expertise from our four national founding charity partners to improve understanding and provide vital care. https://mentalhealth-uk.org/
- UK Mind: We provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. mind.org.uk
- France La Croix Rouge Écoute: 0 800 8585 858 - free and anonymous online psychological support; https://www.croix-rouge.fr/Nos-actions/Action-sociale/Ecoute-acces-aux-droits/Croix-Rouge-Ecoute-service-de-soutien-psychologique-par-telephone
- France Suicide Ecoute: 0033 1 45 39 4000 - 24/7 anonymous and non-judgmental emotional support; http://suicide.ecoute.free.fr
- France Fil Santé Jeunes: 0033 800 235 236 - https://www.filsantejeunes.com/
- France SOS Help: 0033 1 46 21 46 46 - hotline offering emotional support to those going through a difficult time (3:00 pm - 11:00 pm daily); https://www.soshelpline.org
- France SOS Angoisse:https://www.sos-angoisse.fr
- France Foundation Pierre Deniker:https://www.fondationpierredeniker.org/
- free resources and telephone counseling hotlines in Germany; https://www.opencounseling.com/hotlines-de
- Beyond Blue: It aims to increase awareness of depression and anxiety and reduce stigma. Call 1300 22 4636, 24 hours/7 days a week, chat online or email. https://www.beyondblue.org.au/
- Blue Knot Foundation Helpline: A National Center of Excellence for Complex Trauma. It provides support, education and resources for the families and communities of adult survivors of childhood trauma and abuse. Call 1300 657 380, Monday – Sunday between 9am – 5pm AEST or via email firstname.lastname@example.org. https://www.blueknot.org.au/
- Eheadspace: provides free online and telephone support and counselling to young people 12 – 25 and their families and friends. Call 1800 650 890, 9am – 1am AEST / 7 days a week, chat online or email. https://headspace.org.au/eheadspace/
- FriendLine: Supports anyone who's feeling lonely, needs to reconnect or just wants a chat. You can call them 7 days a week on 1800 424 287, or chat online with one of their trained volunteers. All conversations with FriendLine are anonymous. https://friendline.org.au/
- Kids Helpline: Australia’s only free 24/7 confidential and private counseling service specifically for children and young people aged 5 – 25. Call 1800 55 1800. https://kidshelpline.com.au/https://kidshelpline.com.au/
- SANE Australia: Provides support to anyone in Australia affected by complex mental health issues, as well as their friends, family members and health professionals. Call 1800 18 7263, 10am – 10pm AEST (Mon – Fri), or chat online. https://www.sane.org/
- Suicide Call Back Service: Provides 24/7 support if you or someone you know is feeling suicidal. Call 1300 659 467.https://www.suicidecallbackservice.org.au/
If you are elsewhere in the world, find professional help in your country or check here: Counseling service on call 24/7 (Telefonseelsorge) please dial 0800-1110111 or 0800-1110222 (nationwide) or visit the website https://www.telefonseelsorge.de
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