Community Policing the Prep Sport Way

In our Prep Sport community, there’s a little something called community policing. No, we’re not asking kids to turn their parents in or cruising the community with digital nightsticks. It’s just a term that helps make good for every one in the community. Let’s take a look how this works.

Let’s face it…every group has that kid who keep in because you grew up together and he or she is a fixture of the group for better or worse (and it’s usually worse). What are you going to do…you guys came up together. Yea, he’s usually eating glue or getting his head stuck between things but we all have those ties that bind. Throw that kid, whether age 14 or 44 into a social network and it’s probably going to end badly.  So how do we handle the community members who get out of line? Community policing.

Look, there’s no way we can see every page and every chat that every person enters into the system. Who really likes when someone reads over their shoulder any way? We don’t and you probably don’t either. The way to handle this is to have the community members police the site from the inside. It’s the same thing as your buddy mentioned above where you and your friends keep him or her in line. A simple, “Hey Todd, it’s probably not good to throw that brick!”. It’s just the online version of this and it works! In fact, with such a big social network as our little piece of Prep Sport heaven here, that’s really the only way to do it. So how do you handle something or someone’s that out of line?

There’s a Report Abuse bar on almost every page in the site..especially the pages where community members can enter information. If you see something out of line, then just click the Report Abuse bar and it will flag that content until we can review it. If multiple community members flag this information, it will likely be pulled immediately as a safety precaution. The problem is that we all have different ideas on what inappropriate is. This is a great plus of community policing. It’s partially based on the communities values. For example, if you’re with your friends in a fantasy league and you’re the only ones that see your chat, you’ll probably speak a little differently than with your teacher or boss.

That being said, there are some basic guidelines we require to make sure everyone has a basic level of respect for each other. You can check out our rules at our Prep Sport Playbook page on what’s allowed and what’s definitely not permitted. It’s important to make yourself aware of these rules and stay within them. Ultimately, we’ve got to believe Prep Sport Fantasy Leagues are fun enough without having to go to the gutter. Community policing just makes sure that the social network is good to everyone (or nearly every one). Keep in mind that some language and or behavior can actually break laws and it’s not smart to put that stuff in writing as the authorities may get involved. Why go there.  

Dennis Jarvis writes about the world of Prep Sports including high school sports such as high school football, basketball, and baseball.

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