About Us

When you think of a safe house or a shelter in real life, what do you think of? Perhaps you think of a haven of sorts, where worries can be left at the door. Perhaps you think of caregivers who are there to tend to your wounds, whether those wounds are physical, emotional, or spiritual. Perhaps you think of a place where you know everyone you see is of a like mind, where everyone seems to be coming from the same place.

This safe house is no different.

In the future, the hope is that this project will be able to extend beyond the online world into the real world. For now, this blog, along with the Twitter chat labeled #SMSafety (every Wednesday night at 9 PM EST) will be a place to plan for the future, grow a community, and network with people who feel that online bullying is not welcome at any time, anywhere.

Right now, I am looking for writers. Real people who would be willing to write, here on this blog, about the issue of online bullying. How does it affect you? How has it affected your friends or your loved ones? What can we do about it?

I am also looking for suggestions and information. If you see a group that we should be making contact with, let me know. If you think there is something I could add here to make it better, let me know. A community is about sharing. A community is about ownership among all members.

I welcome you to this community. I welcome you to the Online Safe House.

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4 responses to “About Us

  1. Where do you say ANYWHERE that the Rutgers student who committed suicide, Tyler Clementi, was gay and that he was bullied because he was having sex with another man? Furthermore, there have been several other suicides by gay teens in recent weeks. Don’t you think you should tell these gay teens that it’s alright to be gay, and to be proud of who they are, or don’t you believe that?

    • Hi Andrew,

      Sorry for my delay, I didn’t see this comment come in.

      Of course it’s alright to be gay. It’s alright to be bi. It’s alright to be whatever you want. I am committed to helping to prevent bullying of any kind, anywhere it shows up. But the epidemic of gay teens committing suicide out of despair is not the only epidemic. This is a huge topic and we’ve only just begun.

      Thank you for your concern. It is appreciated!

  2. Andrew –

    Since this is a Safe House and I’m part of this community/home perhaps my video here will give a voice …. hey gay teens …. it’s alright to be gay and to be proud of who you are …….. and yes I truly believe that πŸ™‚

    Look forward to seeing you again soon in the next room πŸ™‚

    Cate

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