Of course! For those of you who don’t know: in the panel I spoke on last week I stressed the importance of collecting a list of practical safety contacts before you start making videos, especially if you are a woman. It sounds dark but it’s just a useful thing to have handy and honestly coming from a realistic danger. Furthermore, going in to vlogging confident that you have the tools to protect yourself against such safety risks as much as possible is a healthier and stronger approach in general and I think makes it more likely that you’ll keep going :)
- First and foremost, especially if you’re under 18, let a couple of friends and an adult in your immediate life (preferably a parent but an older sibling is ok too) that you’re planning on making videos.
- The YouTube Safety Centre is improving — although I was quite critical of it on the panel, it really is getting better at tailoring to specific needs. I just think they need more people working and a better general response time as well as to spread awareness about it because from the sounds of it not that many people even know how it works. You can search for comments on recent videos by specific users and block the user and delete the comments all at once while reporting them. It seems functional on this end, unsure how effective it is on the other end.
- Whether or not you’re making videos you should always have your local non-emergency police number handy. It’s not 999, you can find it on your website.
- National Stalking Helpline: 0808 802 0300
- Deputy Chief Constable Gordon Scobbie is the UK Police Lead for Social Media: find his Twitter here, he’s easy to get in touch with and has a lot of information.
- Twitter and Tumblr support are particularly good in regards to harassment. They get back to you quickly and are very efficient, so have no qualms about getting in touch with them.
- Lastly, always screencap any sort of online harassment you encounter and keep it in a document somewhere so you have a record to show the police.