Be safe during JOTA-JOTI


Given the impacts of COVID-19, participating in JOTA-JOTI 2021 may look quite different from previous years. Staying connected is more important than ever, and keeping young people Safe From Harm is always a priority for World Scouting. Together, we are all responsible for creating an environment where everyone can have fun, be safe and be respected.

There are two options to register this year: Scout Leaders are able to register their groups or young people can register individually. We encourage all participants to be prepared for a safe event by reading this page carefully and follow the Safe from Harm guidance provided.

For all participants: 

For those participating in-person with a Scout group:

  • Follow the recommendations of local health authorities and the WHO
  • Wear a mask & practice physical distancing
  • Stay home & tell an adult if you feel unwell, including any COVID-19 symptoms
  • Be prepared to adapt your plans and meet online if the situation changes
  • Review the information below on how to be safe online & on the radio

For those participating from home:

  • See below for minimum age and supervision requirements
  • Review the information below on how to be safe online
  • Participating remotely can sometimes feel a bit lonely or challenging. Make sure to connect online with your Scout group or friends so you can still share the experience together. Help keep each other motivated, excited and entertained in these challenging times.

Online Safety

With all of its opportunities and enriching content, using the Internet also comes with many risks, including threats to personal data, wellbeing or safety. Some people can have wrong intentions and we all need to be aware of this and know how to respond. We strongly encourage all participants to take our Be Safe Online e-learning to learn more about online safety and to be fully prepared for JOTA-JOTI and other online activities.



Amateur Radio Safety

Amateur Radio is used by licensed operators who supervise young people using their radios. The licensed operators are aware of the safeguarding procedures of the event. They monitor the conversations on the radio and ensure that there are no inappropriate conversations. Remember: Radio conversations are not private. Personal contact information should never be shared over the airwaves.


Minimum Age & Adult Supervision

Participants must be 13 years or older to sign-up for JOTA-JOTI. To ensure everyone's safety and wellbeing, all participants between the ages of 13 and 18 are expected to inform and involve a parent or guardian in their JOTA-JOTI experience, including reviewing this page together. The adults involved are responsible for supervising children’s online activities. A parent or guardian can register on behalf of a child younger than 13 years old, and is asked to participate with them for the duration of the event.

The Safe JOTA-JOTI Pledge

As a JOTA-JOTI participant, I will…

…inform and involve an adult in my JOTA-JOTI experience.

…behave like a Scout, following the Promise and Law.*

…report any hurtful or suspicious activity I experience or witness to

…be respectful and friendly with those I meet online.

…keep my passwords and personal information private. 

…never participate in or promote hurtful speech, including hate, humiliation or judgment of others.

…have fun and meet new Scout friends!

*For WOSM volunteers, staff and partners, this includes abiding by the WOSM Code of Conduct

Breaking the Rules 

If any rules from the Safe JOTA-JOTI pledge (above) are broken by any participant, a range of actions may be taken against the offending account(s), such as suspending or deleting the account, or being contacted by the Safe From Harm team for further investigation.

Need help? Here’s what to do!

  1. First, tell a trusted adult, such as a parent, guardian or Scout leader, about your concern.
  2. E-mail with your name, the platform the incident happened on, what happened, the name of the account which worries you, and a screenshot of the incident.
  3. A moderator will answer your email within 30 minutes or less. Our moderators are able to reply in English, French or Spanish.

Safe from Harm Guidelines

Safe From Harm is a priority programme for World Scouting, with actions and procedures designed to help keep all of our members safe. Abuse, harassment and bullying are completely unacceptable within Scouting. That is why having a Safe From Harm procedure is mandatory for all world, regional and national Scout events. This includes mandatory Safe From Harm training for all WOSM staff and volunteers

Throughout JOTA-JOTI, our aim is to protect young people and to provide valuable information to adult leaders, parents and volunteers on our safeguarding approach.  

The rules apply to all participants using WOSM’s online platforms or those of our Trusted Partners for JOTA-JOTI. If anything goes wrong, upsets or worries a participant when using these online platforms, they should reach out to a trusted adult and/or write to us at As needed, we can help participants follow-up with their National Scout Organization (NSO)’s International Commissioner or Safe From Harm co-ordinator.

We are committed to our responsibility to ensure that each participant’s experience of the JOTA-JOTI is as safe as possible as they network and make new friends across the world. 

We have dedicated moderators who monitor the JOTI platforms to ensure that all of our users are Safe From Harm online. The moderators work with our Safe from Harm team to follow-up on any concerns raised. 

The World Safe From Harm policy is implemented alongside the WOSM Code of Conduct that outlines how members of WOSM are expected to behave with others. 

You can learn more about Safe From Harm here.