Code of Conduct

General Guidelines and "Netiquette"

How should you behave on the internet?
For the majority of us, good manners and common courtesy are second nature and require no special thought. During the course of your day you will inevitably cross paths with someone who is less than polite, maybe even rude. Sadly, the online introduction/communication world is no different. Anonymity does not suit some people well at all. Parenting is a very personal matter and should be treated with respect. We all have differing concepts of what respect entails, so in an attempt to bridge this gap, ParentingMentors.com has come up with a set of general guidelines to help you while communicating online.

1. Username
When registering with ParentingMentors.com, please use your first name so that other members can send you a personalized message. User profiles with usernames that contain profanity, offensive statements, or concepts that are contrary to the law will not be accepted. Registering with multiple accounts is also strictly prohibited.

2. Profile photos
In your profile you have the option to upload a photo of yourself. It is important that you observe the following rules when choosing your image: The picture must show yourself and it must be clear who you are. The use of nude or pornographic images, and images of a physical or sexual violence, are strictly prohibited. The use of racist or intentionally offensive pictures is also prohibited, as are logos and advertising.

3. Personal Description
Give a realistic impression of who you are. The content on your profile should not create a deceitful or unrealistic image of who you are. Honesty really is the best policy, especially when it comes to online introductions. Profiles which contain false information about a user's identity will be removed without warning.

4. Messaging other members
During the course of your search for a parenting mentor you will undoubtedly send a personal message or two. The style of writing you use to communicate with other members is crucial and also reveals a lot about who you are. Think about the impression your words leave.

Being aware of the following points will help you get more positive responses from other members:

  • a) Avoid using "mass messaging". Take the time to write an individual email to your ParentingMentors.com matches.
  • b) Spell-check all messages and avoid over using smiley's, exclamations, and CAPITAL LETTERS.
  • c) It is forbidden to use vulgar or offensive words when messaging another member.

5. Written tone
When communicating over the internet, do not forget that your recipient is also human. Anonymity can adversely affect some people. It is all too easy to lash out and hurt the feelings of other members by being rude or terse. If you encounter a situation which angers you, avoid escalating the situation further. Cease contact and report the user, if necessary. In general, treat others as you would want to be treated.

6. Avoid misunderstandings
The English language lacks specific punctuation for denoting sarcasm or humor. When making jokes or using sarcasm, consider how your comments can be interpreted. Remember that the receiver of your message cannot see your gestures or facial expressions. A joke made in good faith may cause offense if it is not immediately apparent.

7. Personal Information
Do not share your personal information too quickly. Many members have a tendency to share intimate personal details in order to develop a relationship further. Before doing so it is always worth your while to stop and ask yourself whether you would be so open and candid if you were sitting across from this person at a restaurant or in a bar.

8. Rejecting matches
When communicating with another member, with whom you are no longer interested in having further contact with, a short, polite message sent in a timely manner is best. This is considered courteous in the world of online communication, and avoids building resentment where the other member is waiting in vain for a reply which will never come.

9. Being rejected
In turn, if you are rejected by another member, it is important to respect that member's decision. Do not exacerbate the situation by sending further messages. A rejection is nothing more than a necessary step in the pursuit of success.

10. Privacy
All messages within the site should be treated as confidential. You may not disclose any details of other users without their express, written permission. Sharing private information on other members with third parties such as blogs, videos, or interviews is strictly forbidden.

11. Sex
There is no polite way to put this, but please note that soliciting sex is strictly prohibited. ParentingMentors.com is an introduction/communication website. There are many alternatives available on the internet if you are looking for services of this nature. Requests for sex via webcam, phone, or chat also fall under this prohibited category.

12. Objectionable content
Violent, racist, politically extremist, sexist, vulgar, or otherwise objectionable content that injures, offends, harms, or threatens other individuals or groups is not allowed.

13. Reporting abusive members
All profiles on Parenting Mentors.com must be manually approved by our Customer Care team. We have automated processes in place to eliminate spam, intrusive members, and fake profiles. Nevertheless, it is possible that inappropriate content is not discovered immediately. We appreciate your help in maintaining the quality of the site by utilizing the "report" button to flag content which does not adhere to our guidelines.

Abuse of the "report" button will also lead to your account being blocked.

Consequences for violations of the above policy:
All content generated by members is checked, and if necessary, violations of the guidelines or terms and conditions will be punished accordingly. A warning shall be issued at the discretion of the operator. Further actions may result in the immediate deletion of the profile, and in some instances may lead to further legal action.

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