TrevorSpace

Website review by
Susan Yudt, Common Sense Media
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Social network provides support for LGBTQ teens.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 16 reviews

A lot or a little?

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Positive Messages

The site's objective is to provide a safe online space for young LGBTQ people to interact with friends, form relationships, and find support.

Violence
Sex

Users aren't allowed to post "sexually explicit or overly suggestive material" in their profiles, and profile photos are all head shots -- no "sexy" poses or pictures of body parts. Most of the discussion around sexuality is educational rather than provocative (e.g., stories about coming out, questions about sexual orientation and gender identity). The site mentions that sexual discussions are allowed in a certain chat area, but explicit content is strictly forbidden everywhere else.

Language

Some profanity; no hate speech or bullying language.

Consumerism

The site only accepts ads from nonprofit organizations.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the TrevorSpace social networking site is an arm of the Trevor Project, a suicide prevention organization that provides support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) youth. The site is intended to be a safe space for LGBTQ people -- and their straight allies -- ages 13 to 24, and users seem to be very respectful of each other. The site mentions that sexual discussions are allowed in a certain chat area, but explicit content is strictly forbidden everywhere else.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bysafeandhappygalaxy May 30, 2019

The best site!

I'm 18 (a senior in high school) and I've been using this site and it's forums for a good few years. My school has recently blocked the site from... Continue reading
Adult Written byurufu November 16, 2014

Great site for anyone in need of an ear to listen to them

As a user of the site for a couple years now, I'm well aware of both upsides and downsides to the site. But all in all, it serves it's main purpose we... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byLand of Spare Oom July 16, 2019

Amazing

TrevorSpace is wonderful. It gave me a place to find love, support, and acceptance, and it is like a second home to me. There's a decent amount of swearing... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byShawnsuks June 22, 2015

Great resource

The site requires you to have your pictures moderated before posting, which takes about a day. There are groups to join for many different sexualities and gende... Continue reading

Is it any good?

In an effort to weed out fake profiles -- and bullies -- TREVORSPACE requires that users take several steps to be "certified" as members, including posting a real photo of themselves. Certification is required for accessing certain features of the site, including chat. New users might get a little frustrated waiting for certification, but it seems to be a good way to keep the community friendly, respectful, and legit. TrevorSpace isn't very stylish or high-tech compared to other social sites, but it gets points for transcending the "just for fun" category by integrating resources and other helpful information.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Teens are frequently targeted by bullies for being -- or appearing to be -- LGBTQ. What would you do if you were being bullied? Who could you go to for help? Families can also talk about what it means to be an "ally" to LGBTQ teens.

  • Families can also talk about what's OK to disclose on social networking sites. How do you know what information is safe to share?

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