****Important Privacy Reminder****

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A special "thank you" to SRL for composing this post:

Privacy Reminder

This is a time of year when people understandably want to share photos and personal experiences from the past year with others. We want to remind everyone here to take extra precautions to protect your child's privacy. While you may feel like a small family here, in reality our forum is viewed by hundreds of people each day, many of whom you've never had any personal or online interaction with. Whatever you post here is searchable by google and other search engines. Not only will your posts be archived here, but they may also be picked up at permanent internet archive sites around the web (such as wayback machine) and be visible to the public for years to come.

Please keep the following in mind:

1) We do not allow pictures of minors you know in real life to be posted here. This includes avatars, links to blogs, photo sites, etc. If you feel the need to share those with members here, please do so through private messaging.

2) Revisit your username, profile and signature--is there anything there that could identify your child to a medical professional, school staff member, or ex-spouse? How about down the road to a future employer or the military or teenage friends who are googling names/information for fun? Does a google search of your username lead you to a another site where you might be easily identified?

3) Please be cautious in your posts so you don't provide other kinds of information that could positively identify your location and family. This might include news stories, links, etc.

We understand that this level of privacy goes far beyond the privacy level that many families are accustomed to in this day and age of social media. But our experiences here have shown many times over that it's best for the identities of the children being discussed here to remain private. It may not seem important to you right now, but due to the nature of the information we share here, it's better to be cautious now then to be regretful down the road.

Thank you for helping us maintain a site where we can support parents while at the same time protect the privacy of children being discussed.

Happy New Year to all of you from the Conduct Disorders Team!
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