Teen and Child Safety Policy Explainer

Child Sexualization

Content that sexualizes children has no place on Discord or in society. We don't tolerate any kind of text or media - real or generated - on our platform that portrays children in a sexual manner. This type of content causes serious harm to victims.

We consider Off-Platform Behaviors when reviewing content under this policy due to the high-harm nature of the offense.

We report illegal child sexual abuse material (CSAM) and grooming to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. Users who post this content are permanently banned from Discord.

You may not post or share the following types of content, such as [sensitive language content warning]

  • Portrayals of minors engaging in sex acts, or in sexually explicit or suggestive poses
  • Sexual comments about or desires for real or fictitious minors
  • Links to websites containing material that sexualizes minors
  • Photos or videos of non-nude minors in a sexualized or fetishistic context
  • Statements expressing intent to obtain materials of child abuse or engage in child sexual abuse
  • Promotion, encouragement or normalization of pedophilia or sexual attraction to children
  • Photos, videos, or drawings of nude or sexualized minors, such as “lolicon” or “shotacon”
  • Photos, videos or illustrations of naked or sexualized anthropomorphized minors (sometimes referred to as “cub porn”)

Inappropriate Sexual Conduct with Teens and Grooming

Discord has a zero-tolerance policy towards individuals who engage in sexual grooming, extortion (sometimes referred to as “sextortion”), or the sexual exploitation of minors. Users who engage in this behavior will be permanently removed from Discord on a first offense. We consider anyone under the age of 18 to be a minor and anyone 18 or over to be an adult.

Given the high-harm nature of this content, we will also consider off-platform evidence as explained in our Off-Platform Behaviors Policy when reviewing content under this policy.

You may not engage in the following types of behavior, such as [sensitive language content warning]

  • Send sexually explicit content to a minor
  • Ask for sexually explicit content from a minor
  • Participate in sexual conversations with a minor, including “erotic roleplay”
  • Create or moderate a server that allows sexual interactions with minors, such as a dating server
  • Create or moderate a server that gives minors access to sexually explicit content
  • Manipulate a minor in order to have a sexual interaction with them (also known as “grooming”)
  • Threaten a minor to share sexual content of themselves or engage in sexual behaviors (also known as “sextortion”)
  • Attempt to meet with a minor in real life for sexual purposes

Teen Self-Endangerment

We take the safety of our younger users seriously and don't allow children under the age of 13 to have a Discord account. We want our teen users to be able to express themselves freely on Discord while also taking steps to ensure these users don’t engage in risky behaviors that might endanger their safety and wellbeing.

We also don’t allow servers that encourage or facilitate dating between teens, even if run by teens themselves. These types of spaces can make our teen communities targets for others who may want to exploit them and can inadvertently facilitate other violations of this policy.

While we understand that teens may want to help each other stay safe online, we cannot allow users or communities to put themselves in potential harm’s way. This means that we will take action against users or servers that we reasonably believe are trying to “bait” or entrap others into inappropriate interactions with teenage users.

We want teens to be safe on Discord, but we also don’t want to penalize them for expressing themselves or exploring their identities. We expect that some users might violate this policy without realizing it, so we provide warnings to teen users where possible. However, for their own safety, we permanently remove a user’s account from the platform if we see consistent violations of this policy or if the user appears to be in immediate risk of harm.

If you are under the age of 18, you may not engage in the following types of behavior, such as [sensitive language content warning]

  • Send sexually explicit text, images, videos, or audio to another user or in a server
  • Send your own sexually explicit content (“nudes”) to another user - even if they’re also under 18
  • Ask for others to send you sexually explicit content
  • Set up or run a server for other users to date or find romantic partners - even if users aren’t planning to meet in real life
  • Participate in a dating server
  • Share or attempt to sell sexually suggestive content of yourself to other users (such as: thigh pics, feet pics, etc.)
  • Deliberately try to “bait,” trick, or entrap an adult user into sending sexual content to yourself or another underage user

How to Avoid Violating These Policies

  • Do not post about sexualizing, grooming, or abusing children - even as a joke
  • Do not send or ask for sexual content from anyone under the age of 18 - even if you are also under 18.
  • If you run a server and allow sexual content, make sure that you mark any channel that contains sexually explicit content with an “age gate”.
  • If you are not sure whether a piece of content might violate these policies, don’t post it.

How to Report Violations of this Policy

Reporting safety violations is critically important to keeping you and the broader Discord community safe.

All Discord users can report policy violations right in the app by following the instructions here.


If your sensitive photos have been shared or published online, the following resources can help:

  • Take It Down (NCMEC) is a service that you can use to help remove online nude, partially nude, or sexually explicit photos and videos taken before you were 18.
  • NoFiltr has resources to help you protect yourself online and support you in these situations. You can also NOFILTR to 741741 for immediate assistance.

If you or someone else is in danger we encourage you to consider contacting law enforcement right away and letting them know what's going on, regardless of the information you're able to provide.

If you or a friend needs mental health support, we encourage you to use the following resources:

If you’re outside of the United States:

  • A list of worldwide crisis hotlines can be found here

If you’re in the United States:

  • Crisis Text Line is a nonprofit that provides 24/7 text-based volunteer support for people in crisis, by texting DISCORD to 741741
  • The Lifeline number (1-800-273-8255) is available 24/7 for emotional support.

Although we're not affiliated with staff at any of these hotlines, they're trained to help and guide callers with ways to address things that are bothering them

Parents and Teens

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