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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 Office of Communications.
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 on 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 NICHD 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 the NICHD Logo
NICHD-funded researchers may credit NICHD on their websites. However, the NICHD logo should not be used without explicit permission from NICHD. For questions on 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 the 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.
For more information, see
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services guidelines on the use of logos, seals, and symbols.
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, visuals, audio, 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. 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 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. Consult with your health care provider(s) to answer specific questions about your personal health. Information on this website also is not intended to take the place of written law or regulations.
NICHD staff cannot provide medical diagnoses or personalized medical advice to people outside of a clinical research environment. Instead, NICHD offers resources and information to help people better understand their health. 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, contact the
The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) is committed to making its information technologies accessible to individuals with disabilities by meeting or exceeding the requirements of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act (29 U.S.C. 794d), as amended in 1998. Section 508 is a federal law that requires agencies to provide individuals with disabilities equal access to electronic information and data comparable to those who do not have disabilities, unless an undue burden would be imposed on the agency. The Section 508 standards are the technical requirements and criteria used to measure conformance within this law. More information on Section 508 and the technical standards can be found at www.section508.gov.
If you have feedback, comments, or concerns related to the accessibility of any content on this website or about the NICHD Section 508 program, contact the
NICHD webmaster. If applicable, provide relevant URL(s) and the specific problems you have encountered.
Adobe Reader (link is external)
Microsoft Word Viewer (link is external)
Microsoft PowerPoint Viewer (link is external)
Microsoft Excel Viewer (link is external)
NICHD uses multiple social media platforms to communicate its messages about health , disabilities, diseases, research, and more. The NICHD website offers the ability to share content using these platforms.
Social media platforms are "external" websites—ones that are not maintained by NICHD or the federal government. NICHD cannot verify the accuracy of other material posted there.
The links to these platforms are provided only for your convenience. Linking to these external sites is not an endorsement from NICHD, NIH, or HHS.
Note that when you go to an external website, you will be subject to that site's privacy and other policies. In addition, the external site may not address Section 508 (accessibility) requirements in the same way as NICHD does.
When visitors send email containing personal information to firstname.lastname@example.org, NICHD staff responds to the letters and files them for response-tracking purposes. Only those staff members approved to respond to such emails may view or answer them.
Types of Information Collected
When you browse, read, and/or download information on any website, that site can collect certain information about your visit. NICHD automatically collects and stores the following types of information:
- Domain from which you access the Internet
- Internet Protocol (IP) address (an IP address is a number that is automatically assigned to a computer when surfing the Web)
- Operating system and information about the browser used when visiting the site
- Date and time of your visit
- Pages you visited
- Address of the website that connected you to an NICHD website (such as google.com or bing.com)
- Domain or search term that referred you to our site
We use this information to measure the number of visitors to our site and its various sections and to help inform changes that make our site more useful to visitors.
How NICHD Collects Information
NICHD websites use a variety of different web measurement software tools.
They use Google Analytics software to collect the information listed in the section above. It does not collect personal information about you. NICHD staff conducts analyses and reports on the aggregated data from Google Analytics. The reports are only available to website managers, members of the NICHD Communications and Web Teams, and other designated staff and personnel who need this information to perform their duties.
NICHD sometimes uses online surveys to collect opinions and feedback from a random sample of visitors. NICHD uses the ForeSee Results' American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) online survey to obtain feedback and data on visitors' satisfaction with the website. This survey does not collect personal information about you.
Though the survey invitation pops up for a random sample of visitors, it is optional. If you decline the survey, you still have access to the same site information and resources as those who take the survey. The survey reports are available only to website managers, members of the NICHD Communications and Web Teams, and other designated staff who need this information to perform their duties.
NICHD retains the data from Google Analytics and ACSI survey results as long as needed to support the mission of the website.
How Personal Information Is Protected
You do not have to give us personal information to visit NICHD websites. However, if you subscribe to our mailing lists, order publications and materials, or register for events, we may collect your email address and other information about you to complete the process.
If you choose to provide us with personal information through an email message, request for information, paper or electronic form, questionnaire, customer satisfaction survey, etc., we will maintain the information only for as long as needed to respond to your question or fulfill the request.
If NICHD operates a record management system designed to retrieve information about you, a Privacy Act Notification Statement should be prominently and conspicuously displayed on the public-facing website or form that asks for such information. The notice must address the following five criteria:
- Legal authorization to collect information about you
- Purpose of the information collection
- Routine uses for disclosure of information outside of NICHD
- Whether the request made of you is voluntary or mandatory under law
- Effects of non-disclosure if you choose to not provide the requested information
Collection of Information
If you order publications from our website, we request that you provide certain information about yourself. Collection of this information is authorized under Title 5 USC Section 301 and Title 44 USC Section 3101.
If you place an order, we collect your shipping and contact information only to process your order. We use your email address and phone number only to contact you about your order. We may also collect a shipping number. This information is collected from you only so that we can fulfill the order.
The online publications ordering process also includes a few optional questions (such as "How did you hear about the NICHD?") to help us evaluate our communications efforts. Answering these questions is completely voluntary; opting not to answer the questions does not affect your ability to order materials or to access information or resources on the NICHD website.
If you order materials from one of the NICHD campaigns or programs, your email address is automatically added to the emailing list for that specific campaign or program. You will receive about one email per month with information related to that specific campaign or program. You can opt out of the emailing list at any time by selecting the "UNSUBSCRIBE" link in the footer of the emails.
Other than as stated above, we do not disclose information submitted in ordering publications. We never share information for commercial marketing purposes.
Any information provided by you in connection with the publications-ordering process is provided voluntarily and is not mandatory under any law. Please note that if you choose not to provide the information necessary for shipping, we will not be able to ship the requested publications to you. If you order publications from our website, we retain data from you and your order for two years, after which time, we remove all identifying data from your order. The data generated from these activities falls under the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) General Records Schedule (GRS) 20-item IC 'Electronic Records,' and are handled per the requirements of that schedule (http://www.archives.gov/records-mgmt/grs/grs20.html).
If you register for an event, NICHD collects your contact information, as authorized under Title 5 USC Section 301 and Title 44 USC Section 3101.
We use your email address and/or phone number only to contact you about the event or your registration. We may also collect information about whether you need any special accommodations to participate fully in the event.
We sometimes share registration information with a third-party vendor who is helping to manage the event. We never share information for commercial marketing purposes.
Any information provided by you in connection with the event-registration process is provided voluntarily and is not mandatory under any law. However, if you choose not to provide the requested information, we may not be able to register you for the event.
How nichd.nih.gov uses Third-Party Websites and Applications
As part of the OMB Memo M-10-06, Open Government Directive, NICHD uses a variety of new technologies and social media options to communicate and interact with citizens. These third-party websites and applications (TPWAs) include popular social networking and media sites, open source software communities, and more. TPWAs are web-based technologies that are not exclusively operated or controlled by NICHD, such as applications not hosted on a .gov domain, or those that are embedded on NICHD webpages. Users of TPWAs often share information with the general public, user community, and/or the third-party operating the website. These actors may use this information in a variety of ways. TPWAs could cause personal information to become available or accessible to NICHD and the public, regardless of whether the information is explicitly solicited or collected by NICHD.
For any TPWA that collects personal information, the list below also includes details on the information NICHD collects and how we will protect this information.
Third-Party Websites and Applications
Facebook: NICHD has a Facebook page managed by NICHD staff members who post news and other items that may be of interest to the public. If you have a Facebook account, you can log in to your account to post comments, and 'like' NICHD Facebook pages and individual entries. If you click on the NICHD Facebook page and then comment on or 'like' something, your personal information will be visible to NICHD staff and other Facebook site visitors. The amount of personal information displayed will depend on your