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Comment Policy for New Media Platforms
Copyright and Reuse of Text, Images, and Logos
Endorsement Disclaimer
New Media Information Disclaimer
Unauthorized Intrusion Policy
Website Information Disclaimer
Privacy Policy

Comment Policy for New Media Platforms

We encourage and look forward to an active exchange of ideas. To maintain a respectful dialogue, we ask that everyone follow these guidelines:

  • Be respectful. Personal attacks, profanity, and aggressive behavior are prohibited.
  • Stay focused. All viewpoints are welcome, but comments should remain relevant to the conversation at hand.
  • Tell the truth. Intentionally spreading false or misleading information is prohibited.
  • Do not post:
    • Solicitations, advertisements, or commercial endorsements
    • Defamatory or fraudulent information
    • Spam (includes repeated posts, comments, and links to other sites)
    • Copyrighted or trademarked images or graphics
    • Documents of any kind
    • Comments or images that suggest illegal activity or that contain illegal content
    • Partisan political views
    • Discriminatory, racist, offensive, obscene, inflammatory, unlawful or otherwise objectionable statements, language, or content
  • Participate at your own risk. You should take personal responsibility for your comments, your username, and any information provided.

Comments are welcome at any time; however, NICHD will only moderate and post comments during regular business hours.

NICHD retains the right to remove comments that violate its comment policy at any time. Repeated violation of this comment policy could result in the offending user being blocked  from access to the NICHD-managed forum.

This comment policy is valid for all discussions on all NICHD-managed forums, including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and others. We encourage your participation in our discussion(s) and look forward to an active exchange of ideas.

Reporters should not post questions or requests on any new media platform; instead, those questions and inquiries should be sent to the NICHD Public Information and Communications Branch through normal channels.

Copyright and Reuse Text, Images, and Logos


Most text appearing on the NICHD website has been either prepared by employees of the U.S. government as part of their official duties or prepared under contracts for NICHD. In both instances the text is in the public domain and not subject to copyright. The same is true of most publications available for downloading from this website. You may freely copy that material and credit NICHD with the following notation: "Courtesy: Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development."

Occasionally, the NICHD site may contain documents or links to documents, such as full-text journal articles, that are copyright-protected. Web users may view and print these documents but should contact the copyright owner for any other uses.


With the exception of logos (see below), permission to use NICHD graphics is granted on a case-by-case basis. Some are public domain, some are created by NICHD contractors, some are copyrighted, and some are used by NICHD with specific permission granted by the owner. Therefore, the logos, photos, and illustrations found on the NICHD website should not be reused without permission.

To request permission to reuse a particular graphic on the NICHD website, contact the NICHD Information Resource Center.

Granting the right to use a graphic from the NICHD website does not explicitly or implicitly convey endorsement of the site where it is used. If an NICHD-owned image includes an identifiable person, using the image may infringe that person's right of privacy, and permission should be obtained from the person.

If you receive confirmation from NICHD to use an image from the NICHD Safe to Sleep® campaign, you may use the following citation: "Photos courtesy of the Safe to Sleep® campaign:"

If you receive confirmation from NICHD to use an image that is not part of the Safe to Sleep® campaign, you may use the following citation: "Courtesy: Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development."

Use of NICHD Logo

NICHD-funded researchers may credit the Institute on their websites. However, the NICHD logo should not be used without explicit permission from NICHD. For questions regarding the reproduction or use of the NICHD logo or any graphics, contact the NICHD Information Resource Center.

The NICHD logo should not be combined with other design elements to create a new logo for any office or program.

Use of NICHD Safe to Sleep® Logo

The Safe to Sleep® name and logo are registered trademarks of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Use of the campaign name must always include the registered trademark indicator (®). The logo cannot be used or reproduced without express written authorization. To request to use the Safe to Sleep® logo, complete the Safe to Sleep® Logo Request Form (PDF - 75 KB) and send it to the NICHD Information Resource Center.

Use of NICHD Media-Smart Youth Logo

The Media-Smart Youth logo is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It cannot be used or reproduced without express written authorization. To request to use the Media-Smart Youth logo, send the following information to the NICHD Information Resource Center:

  • Intended use
  • Planned method of distribution
  • Names of authors or sponsors that will appear with the logo
  • Number of items you intend to produce
  • Fee, if any, for the item

Additional Information

For more information, see U.S. Department of Health and Human Services guidelines on the use of logos, seals, and symbols.

Endorsement Disclaimer

Links to "external sites"—those not maintained by NICHD—are provided only for convenience. HHS, NIH, and NICHD are not responsible in any way for external sites and do not endorse or support the products, services, or information that they may describe or offer. Note that non-government sites may have privacy and other policies that are different from NICHD's policies.

New Media Information Disclaimer

Information (including text, multimedia content, and user comments) shared through new media platforms does not necessarily represent the views of NICHD, NIH, or HHS. Official NICHD information is available through NICHD's website.

NICHD may provide users with health information for educational purposes only. We urge you to consult with a qualified health care provider for diagnoses and for answers to your personal medical questions.

Unauthorized Intrusion Policy

For site security purposes and to ensure that this service remains available to all users, this government computer system uses software programs to monitor network traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information, or otherwise cause damage.

Unauthorized attempts to upload information or change information on this service are strictly prohibited and may be punishable under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 and the National Information Infrastructure Protection Act.

Website Information Disclaimer

The information and resources on the NICHD website are for educational and informational purposes only. They are not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. NICHD urges you to work with your health care provider(s) to obtain answers to specific questions about your personal health. Website information also is not intended to take the place of either the written law or regulations.

NICHD staff cannot provide medical diagnoses or personalized medical advice to individuals outside of a clinical research environment. Instead, NICHD offers resources and information to help people better understand their health and their diagnosed disorders. Staff also are prohibited from rating, making referrals to, or endorsing a specific person, health care provider, service, organization, or facility.


If you have any questions or comments about the information presented here, email the NICHD webmaster.

Privacy Policy

The NICHD does not collect any personally identifiable information (PII) about you unless you choose to provide that information. Any PII you chose to provide will not be shared by NICHD with any other organization or government agency except as required by law. Non-PII to your visit to this Web site or to a third-party Web site may be automatically collected and temporarily stored. For more information on privacy issues, please view the NICHD Disclaimer and Privacy Notice.

Last Updated Date: 05/06/2015
Last Reviewed Date: 05/06/2015
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