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Please read this page carefully. This page states the Terms of Service under which you, the website visitor (hereinafter "You", "Your" or "visitor") may use this site, the content of which is owned by or licensed to HelpingTeens.org (hereinafter "HelpingTeens" or "We") who's current registrant is Adam Marshall and is operated and administered by HelpingTeens.org's Administrators (hereinafter "Administrators"). By using this site, You agree to be bound by all of the Terms of Service set forth below. If You do not accept these Terms of Service, please do not use this site. HelpingTeens may, in its sole discretion, revise these Terms of Service at any time; therefore, You should visit this page periodically to review the latest version of the Terms of Service.

HelpingTeens.org mentors are peer mentors and do not and never will claim to be professionals. We are teenagers helping fellow teens through their tough times, and nothing more. If you feel that You are in immediate danger or anyone involved in Your problem is, We recommend that You call or consult a professional in this field.

HelpingTeens is a network made up of teen mentors that have the desire to reach out and connect with one another. They are there to help guide the misguided and help as much as possible through advice based on their life experiences. Although it strives for timeliness and accuracy in all of its materials, HelpingTeens makes no representations, warranties, or assurances as to the availability, accuracy, currency, or completeness of this site or its contents. HelpingTeens shall not be liable for any damages or injury resulting from Your access to, inability to access, or use of this site, including, without limitation, any damages or injury arising from any content on this site or any links to other sites contained within or referred to in this site.

Privacy

HelpingTeens is committed to preserving Your right to privacy. HelpingTeens does not collect identifying information about You (such as Your name, address, telephone number, or email address) unless You voluntarily submit that information to us through our Feedback form, our Support Groups forums, or other means.

Any information You do submit to us is treated as confidential and is not sold or otherwise disclosed to third parties.

Cookies

Our entire website use cookies for customization, statistical reasons, and some sections allow you to automatically log you in the next time you visit the page.

Staff Applications

The Staff Applications is the primary means of private information polling with HelpingTeens for a website visitor who is looking to be a prospective volunteer mentor or moderator. Website visitors may use the Staff Applications page to apply for a voluntary position at HelpingTeens. During this process, we require personal information (such as name, phone number, mailing address, personal related questions, etc) for legal reasons and in case of emergencies.

Feedback

Website visitors may use the Feedback page to send content suggestions or questions about the Articles, Live Chat, Support Groups or other areas of the site directly to the Administrators. Website visitors may also use this form to ask general questions about the Website or content, communicate privacy concerns, and/or submit praise and/or complaints. All comments are seen by the Administrators who handle all content-related issues and will use these comments, for instance, as ideas for generating new content or answering a question in a Q&A section on the site. All technical and operational issues are also handled by the Administrators. Any information submitted through the Feedback page stored for archiving purposes after it is read by the appropriate staff.

Support Groups forums

The information that is actively collected by the HelpingTeens Support Groups forums are email addresses of individuals who register in our Support Groups forums. These email addresses are used for communication between You and other people on the HelpingTeens Support Groups, the Administrators of the Support Groups to You, or the forum software to You. If You use the 'Email' button to email another user, your registered email address is released to the recipient so that they will be able to respond to You. If You do not want your email address released to other members, use the "PM" (Private Message) option. These addresses are not typically viewed by a human being unless there is some problem with the database. Visitors may opt-out of receiving emails sent out to user database by removing the checkbox within User CP > Edit Options > "Receive Email from Administrators". All posts, PM's, Emails, and connection information (IP Addresses, etc) are logged in our database and can be viewed by our Administrators at any time. For clarifications sake, all PM's and Email communication through HelpingTeens may be monitored by an Administrator at any time.

When You visit the site, HelpingTeens may automatically collect certain non-identifying information about You, such as the type of browser or computer operating system You use or the domain name of the site from which You came from.

Any automatically collected information may be maintained indefinitely and used for our internal business and marketing purposes, such as assessing traffic patterns and usage of various features on the site, but will not be sold or otherwise disclosed to third parties for any purposes. Not withstanding any other statements or representations here or elsewhere on our site, HelpingTeens reserves its right to disclose any information in its possession if it is required to do so by law, or it believes, in good faith, that such a disclosure is necessary to comply with the law, defend its rights or property, or to respond to an emergency situation.

If You are concerned about the information You have provided to HelpingTeens or would like to review, update or delete that information, please contact us through our Feedback page. HelpingTeens will make reasonable efforts to comply with Your wishes.

A Note to Parents

Our website is intended to be a safe resource for children 13 and above to find useful, age-appropriate information. Although HelpingTeens is a non-commercial, nonprofit, private organization and as such is not subject to the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), it takes children's privacy very seriously. HelpingTeens does not share or sell the information sent to it, whether by children or anyone else. HelpingTeens does not collect any personally identifiable information from children with some exceptions. To all of its visitors, HelpingTeens offers the Staff Applications page, our Feedback page, our Support Groups forums, and other means. Visitors may fill out or sign up for any one of these that collects only volunteered information about the visitor - thus HelpingTeens does not know the age of any visitor who enrolls unless they volunteer it. Our Feedback page does not ask for any personally identifiable information other than an email address (to which it could be forged).

Security

HelpingTeens employs reasonable security measures to protect the personal information You submit to it. Such security involves the use of Firewalls, and other commonly employed security methods.

User Submissions

HelpingTeens welcomes Your comments on its site and Content. However, You acknowledge that if You send us creative suggestions, ideas, notes, drawings, concepts, inventions or other information, (collectively, the "Information"), the Information shall be deemed, and shall remain, the property of the website Administrators of HelpingTeens, provided that the site is non-profit. By submission of any Information to us, You assign to us and we shall exclusively own all now known or hereafter existing rights to such Information and shall be entitled to unrestricted use of the Information for any purpose whatsoever, without compensation to You. If the Domain name is ever sold, the content remains the property of the Administrators to make sure that the principal of this site with all of it's content stays online. This content's principal is to remain non-profit at all costs.

As a visitor of this site, You are responsible for Your own communications and are responsible for the consequences of their posting. Therefore, do not do any of the following things: transmit to us material that is copyrighted, unless You are the copyright owner or have the permission of the copyright owner to post it; send material that reveals trade secrets, unless You own them or have written permission from the owner; send material that infringes on any other intellectual property rights of others or on the privacy or publicity rights of others; send material that is obscene, defamatory, threatening, harassing, abusive, hateful, or embarrassing to another user or any other person or entity; send sexually explicit images; send advertisements or solicitations of business; send chain letters or pyramid schemes; or impersonate another person.

HelpingTeens reserves the right to expel users and prevent their further access to this site for violating these terms or the law and reserves the right to remove any communications from this site. The violation of any of the Terms of Service set forth on this Terms of Service page shall result in the immediate revocation of Your right to use the Content and obligates You to immediately destroy any copies of the Content in Your possession.

Article Policies

Articles and features published on this site undergo a rigorous editorial process that includes extensive review by the Administrators. However, all information on this site is for educational purposes only, written by teens and non-professional adults and therefore may be inaccurate in any of it's content. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult Your doctor.

The Administrators make every effort to be as neutral as possible with regard to gender, race, color, religion, and age. Within the articles, the site takes turns referring to teens and adults as "he" or "she." Remember that even if an article says he or she, it is referring to male and female teens and adults, unless otherwise specified.

Links

This site contains links to websites owned by third parties. These links appear on various pages of HelpingTeens and the majority open the third party link in a new window. These links are provided solely as a convenience to You and are not an endorsement by HelpingTeens of the contents of those other sites. HelpingTeens is not responsible for the content of any linked sites and makes no representations regarding the content or accuracy of materials on such sites. If You decide to visit any third-party sites using links from this site, You do so at Your own risk.

Media Coverage

HelpingTeens would appreciate it if You would let us know before You link to our website either via the Internet, news print, or television coverage. It is very important that You let us know before hand so that We may take action to return credit back to You on our website.

Disclaimer of Warranties

HelpingTeens does not warrant that the site will operate error-free or that the site or its server are free of computer viruses or other harmful material. If Your use of the site or the site's material results in the need for servicing or replacing of equipment or data, HelpingTeens shall not be responsible for those costs. This site and its material are provided on an "as is" basis without any warranties of any kind. HelpingTeens, TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES, INCLUDING THE WARRANTY OF MERCHANTABILITY, NON-INFRINGEMENT OF THIRD PARTIES' RIGHTS, AND THE WARRANTY OF FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.

Disclaimer of Consequential Damages

IN NO EVENT SHALL HelpingTeens, ITS SPONSORS, OR ANY THIRD PARTIES MENTIONED IN THE SITE CONTENT, BE LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES WHATSOEVER (INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES, LOST PROFITS, OR DAMAGES RESULTING FROM LOST DATA OR BUSINESS INTERRUPTION) RESULTING FROM THE USE OR INABILITY TO USE MATERIAL ON THIS WEBSITE OR SITES LINKED TO THIS WEB SITE, WHETHER BASED ON WARRANTY, CONTRACT, TORT, OR ANY OTHER LEGAL THEORY, AND WHETHER HelpingTeens IS ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES.

Use of Site Material

The contents of this site, including, without limitation, text, graphics, images, and other content (the "Content") are owned by or licensed to HelpingTeens and are protected by copyright under Canadian, United States and foreign laws. Unauthorized use of the Content violates copyright, trademark, and other laws. You agree to retain all copyright and other proprietary notices contained in the original Content on any copy You make of such material. You may not sell or modify our Content or reproduce, display, distribute, or otherwise use the Content in any way for any public or commercial purpose. Use of the Content on any other Website or in a networked environment is prohibited unless you have the explicit written permission by HelpingTeens.

Miscellaneous

This site originates from Canada. HelpingTeens does not claim that the Content on this site is appropriate or may be used outside of Canada or the United States. Access to the Content may not be legal by certain persons or in certain countries. If You access the site from outside Canada or the United States, You do so at Your own risk and are responsible for compliance with the laws of Your jurisdiction.

These Terms of Service are governed by the substantive laws of the Province of Ontario, Canada without respect to its conflict of laws principles. You agree to submit to the jurisdiction of the courts situated in the Province of Ontario with respect to any dispute, disagreement, or cause of action related to or involving this site. If any provision is found to be invalid by any court having competent jurisdiction, the invalidity of such provision shall not affect the validity of the remaining provisions of these Terms of Service, which shall remain in full force and effect. No waiver of any of these Terms of Service shall be deemed a further or continuing waiver of such term or any other term. Except as expressly provided elsewhere in this site, these Terms of Service constitute the entire agreement between You and HelpingTeens with respect to Your use of this site.

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