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.