Thanks for having all the interest and wanting to know more about the Selfling account!
As you know, the Selfling is you. Okay, well… YOU are YOURSELF. Your Self is young. Hence “Self-ling“. Like a seedling, your Selfling requires work to grow and develop. We understand that. That’s kind of why we built Selfling the app!
The thing is, not every teen grows up the same way. Not everyone has the same ingredients to grow their Selfling. Some teens might not have enough ingredients while other teens might have a lot of ingredients… they’re just not the right ingredients.
This is why Selfling was built as a network for all teens to help each other work on their Selflings. See, we have been watching you guys a little bit. Okay, well, not literally. We did our homework and we found out that teens are more than willing – and almost always capable – of supporting each other. That is one big part of the Selfling app. Peer support. Helping each other out of a jam.
So where does Selfling really come in? If teens will help each other out, why do we need Selfling?
The first answer to this question is: To allow teens to get the right information. We help insure you get the right information by involving agencies in your community who already provide valuable services for teens. You may not know it, but they have some really solid information that can help you work through many of your difficult spots, and you can get a hold of them on your own without anyone knowing. With Selfling, you are in a separate online community to talk with these folks. These agencies form the SPOT Society and Selfling is available to help them reach youth on a more even field so reaching out to them is not so terrifying for teens.
In some cases, a SPOT member you want to reach out to doesn’t interact directly on Selfling but they will have contact information. This just means that they want you to know that they are there but you have to reach out to them via phone or email or through a third party like your school or community centre.
To help encourage you to reach out, we have the Sensei. The Sensei are volunteers who have registered with on the Selfling app to encourage teens, provide information, and moderate the app. These folks take the time to hear you out and give suggestions on your next steps. They are not forcing you to take those steps, though. Sensei will encourage you, not force you.
Sensei are not counselors. You can certainly talk to them, that’s what they are there for, but there are limits to what they can talk about. They will definitely help encourage you to reach out to the proper SPOT Society agency, though!
What about Bullies?
Bullying is a really big fear for many young people. It is a big problem for some adults too. Bullying can be the most devastating thing anyone can endure at any point in their life.
We want to ensure teens that bullying and attacking members on the Selfling app will not be tolerated. It can result in suspension or deletion of your account and possible police involvement.
- Bullying is a natural part of growing up
- Bullies will go away if you ignore them
- You can tell who is being bullied
- There is nothing you can do about bullying
The Selfling app is designed to give all teens opportunities to build their new awesome. There is no special filter that will stop bullies at the door, nor would we want one. We are looking at future features that will help bullies choose a different approach with their peers. For example, in the future, a bully may have his or her privileges of communicating with other Selflings (teens) revoked but can still talk to SPOT Society agencies or the Sensei volunteers. This can be a way to help that teen make some better choices. Ultimately, though, we cannot allow any victimization to carry on within the Selfling network and it will be dealt with swiftly.
We need your help
We can’t catch every last message or post. We want teens to have the ability to help create a great environment on the Selfling app. If you see any activity on the Selfling app that is threatening, intolerant, or dangerous, we encourage you to flag it for Selfling administration to review it. This may be an old school feature but, if it is used well by Selflings, it can be a great tool to keeping the community safe.