TrevorSpace

Common Sense Media says

Social network provides support for LGBTQ teens.

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What parents need to know

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
Not applicable
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
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Email address, first and last name, country, state, and zip code are required to join. Profiles automatically display first name, age, and location; users can choose to disclose additional information. In an effort to discourage fake profiles, the site requires that users upload a photo of themselves. User profiles can only be viewed by people who join.

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.

Parents say

Kids say

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk 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?

Website details

Genre:Social Networking
Pricing structure:Free

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Written byAnonymous December 15, 2013
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18
QUALITY
 

Awful

TrevorSpace treated me poorly when I was getting bullied. They even cost some of my friends their life. They suspended my account and banned my IP. I emailed them and they just ignore me. I recommend www dot gayboook dot com as they actually care. TrevorSpace: So much for "helping" people. Do NOT even bother with TrevorSpace, they are indeed evil and should be sued to the bloody ground.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Safety and privacy concerns
Teen, 14 years old Written byrachellem April 28, 2012
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14
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Good Positive Website for LGBTQ/PFLAG

I have an account on trevorspace. I completely disagree with the review stating there is no moderation and that the members are all suicidal. I have yet to come across ONE person who is currently suicidal. I have met a few who used to be, including myself, and have gotten over it. Everyone I have met has given out positive stories, encouragement, and has been very kind. It is simply a safe website to get to know people who have been through things other LGBTQ/PFLAG can relate to. If there is a person who does not seem nice, you simply don't contact them, and if they contact you, you ignore it. The reason I put sex as one of the things to know is because some people on trevorspace are looking for dating in addition to friendship. I have not encountered any "sex talk" but I do know people who are in relationships with people they met on trevorspace. Nothing I have seen has been innapropriate, they are very good at moderating the content of the website. I hope this helped!
What other families should know
Great messages
Parent Written bySupportiveMom100 March 12, 2012
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2
QUALITY
 

TrevorSpace: What Your Kids Won't Tell You

Years ago, I used to use this site daily. The cool kids on it are the ones who have the most cam sex with others they meet on it and many older users (with fake ages) use the site to meet underaged boys while their parents are at work or away. I met an 11-year-old on there who was having sex with men in their 20's from the site, and doing it quite frequently. Moderators are biased since they were members of the community and tend to allow violations from their friends and punish those they don't like. Most of the posts are quite negative and it only encourages negativity and a dangerous level of promiscuity (read your child's private messages!)
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Safety and privacy concerns
Teen, 17 years old Written byiceywarm1 February 21, 2014
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Trevor Space

Trevor Space is for LGBT Children. The safety is excellent!
What other families should know
Great messages

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