JAM is a creative community for kids (17 years and younger) to learn new skills, share their projects, and meet other kids who share their passions. We need your help to make JAM a place where all kids feel safe, welcome, and inspired to be awesome! When you sign up for JAM, you agree to honor the following Guidelines:
Be original: Share your own awesome stuff (no copying, please)!
- Be yourself. Your JAM portfolio should be all about you and the unique things you’re making and learning. Accounts shouldn’t be shared by multiple people.
- Share your own stuff. JAM is a place to show off the things you’ve made yourself. Don’t post or take credit for images you found online or in another Jammer’s portfolio. Always ask for permission before borrowing or referencing something that someone else made (and be sure to give them credit in the comments!).
Be creative: Focus on building your skills and don’t be afraid to be weird or try something new.
- Share what you’re making. Your posts should be relevant to what you’re learning and making in your JAM courses. JAM is not the place to post pictures or videos unrelated to course topics (e.g. images of pets, bedrooms, etc.).
- Seek achievement, not attention. Focus on your projects, not on popularity. It’s great to ask for feedback from other Jammers, but asking for attention (like requests for followers/faves or announcements about quitting) is not cool.
Be safe: Keep your personal information private and never ask other Jammers for theirs.
- Keep personal stuff secret. Never post your full name, birth date, home address, phone number, email address, where you go to school, links to your other social media accounts, gamer tags, or any other identifying info online.
- Respect others’ privacy. Everybody has unique preferences about their online safety. Avoid asking other Jammers for their personal info and always get someone’s permission before posting their face, name, or any other identifying info online.
- Choose a unique nickname. When selecting a nickname, be sure to choose one that doesn’t disclose any personal info. If you need to change your nickname to protect your privacy, let us know!
- Avoid money transactions. JAM is not a place to buy or sell goods or services. To avoid scams and safety concerns, never ask for or give out info related to money exchanges (e.g. credit card numbers). You may share links to external online shops (like Etsy) only with a parent’s permission.
- When in doubt, report. If someone on JAM asks you for your personal info, always say NO. If they persist, or if you ever feel unsafe on JAM, report the user to JAM and tell your parents or a trusted adult.
Be friendly: Show kindness to all Jammers.
- Embrace others’ differences. JAM welcomes kids of all backgrounds, races, ethnicities, religions, abilities, body types, gender identities, sexual orientations, and education types. Unfriendly language, discrimination, or threats based on these or any other identities are never ok.
- Include everyone. JAM is a great place to meet other kids whose lives are different from your own. Be kind and inclusive when sharing your beliefs or responding to others sharing theirs. Posts that aim to criticize, convert, or otherwise devalue others’ beliefs or identities are not allowed.
Be helpful: Share tips and encouragement with other Jammers (and be patient with them while they learn).
- Support others’ growth. JAM is a place to learn and grow. Constructive criticism is allowed and encouraged, but straight-up negativity is not. When commenting on others’ projects, say something you like about it and offer suggestions! If you don’t have anything helpful to contribute to a project, you probably don’t need to comment on it.
- Help others learn. Whenever possible, include details about how you did something! This makes it easier for other Jammers to learn from you. Remember: other Jammers may be younger, may have less experience posting online, may learn differently, or may speak a different language than you. Be polite and patient when helping others, even if they annoy you or ask questions that may seem obvious.
Be respectful: Share projects and comments that are appropriate for everyone (including younger Jammers).
- Keep language clean. Profanity (AKA “swear” or “bad” or “cuss” words) is not allowed. Videos, photos or comments that include profanity will be removed. Nonsensical comments or use of excessive emojis are also unwelcome on JAM.
- Stay age-appropriate. To keep JAM suitable for kids of all ages (under 17), posts that include, refer to or link to mature content (including written descriptions, images, audio, or videos) are not allowed. This includes but is not limited to:
- Use of drugs, alcohol, or other age-restricted/illegal substances
- Suggestive or explicit romantic content
- Sensitive personal topics like self-harm
- Excessive gore, violent imagery, or violent weapons
- Shocking events like natural/manmade disasters or tragedies
- Keep things covered. Wear appropriate clothing when documenting your projects (no swimsuits, please!). Photos or videos that show you or other people partially-clothed are not allowed.
- Look for friends, not crushes. JAM is a safe place to learn and make creative projects, not a place to look for romantic partners ("flirt"), or discuss your IRL crushes. Avoid commenting on others’ appearances, sharing private information related to your (or your characters') sexual preferences/identity, or asking for relationships on/through JAM.
Be a role model: Show good judgement, stay positive and be an awesome digital citizen.
- Keep it positive. JAM is a great place to express yourself. However, some types of expression aren’t suitable for all ages and should be avoided on JAM. Please don’t put yourself down (e.g. “I hate this,” “I’m no good at this”) or encourage mean or non-constructive criticism from other Jammers.
- Take the high road. Don’t respond to negativity with more negativity. If you see something on JAM that goes against our community guidelines, report it so the Mods can handle it.
Say it in English
- We think non-English languages are totally awesome, but our mods aren’t yet multilingual! Until the mods learn more languages (hurry up, mods!), English is the only language allowed on JAM.
Most violations of the Guidelines are judged on a case-by-case basis, and we do our best to enforce them consistently and fairly. Violations will result in:
- Written warnings: Minor violations of the JAM Guidelines commonly result in a written warning to Jammers via a comment from a Mod, or an email to parents.
- Post removal: If a post contains content that’s not in alignment with the JAM Guidelines, mods may permanently remove it.
- Suspension: Repeated or serious violations will result in account suspensions, which remove all of a Jammer’s posting and commenting privileges. The parents of the suspended Jammer will be contacted regarding the suspension. Suspensions are often temporary until the Mod team and the suspended Jammer (and their parent) can resolve the issue privately via email or phone.
- Permanent suspension: Mods may permanently and immediately suspend accounts that repeatedly violate the JAM Guidelines or put the safety of the community at risk. In these cases, the Jammer’s posting and commenting privileges will be revoked, but they will retain access to their existing portfolio of projects.
- Banning: Mods reserve the right to permanently and immediately ban accounts that put the safety of the community at risk. Banning removes the Jammer’s account completely from the platform.
We appreciate Jammers who are active in following the guidelines and who inspire each other to learn and take risks. You are the ones building this awesome community! We 👀 you and ❤️ you!