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6 years ago  ::  Feb 23, 2009 - 4:29PM #1
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We all believe in something...
and we believe in sharing with respect!

We know you have something to say about faith, spirituality, and issues that touch your life. We’ve provided a respectful and safe place to do so.

The Beliefnet teen boards are for frank conversation about everything from spirituality to movies to school prayer to how you celebrate the holidays, and, yes, even sexuality. Some things may shock you, some may make you laugh; they all will make you think.

Obviously, you're going to feel strongly about some of these topics. But we want you to feel comfortable learning about other faiths, exploring religious and spiritual options, and discussing your current beliefs, so please keep the following in mind:

You may not agree with every belief or viewpoint expressed on the boards, but you must be respectful of what others have to say. Make sure to check out the Rules of Conduct if you haven't already.

If you find anything you really disagree with, don’t just sit there. Express yourself! Start a new discussion and explain why.

Be smart... be safe!

We know you know this stuff, but... safety first:

--Don't meet people offline that you met online!

--Keep your personal info your personal secret. Never tell anyone online your name, where you live, your school name, your telephone number, your birthday, names of family and friends, the name of your team, or any other information that people could use to find you.

--No matter how nice they seem to be, never give your e-mail address to an adult you meet online. If an adult invites you to e-mail them, ignore them.

--Unfortunately, you can't trust everyone. If you meet someone online, you can't know for certain that they are who they say they are. They might say they are a 14-year-old girl, but they might really be an older man. You can never know for sure.

--Beware any adult online who pays too much personal attention to you.

--If you think someone is asking for too much information, tell your parents right away.

Having problems with another Beliefnet member? Report it to community@beliefnetstaff.com.

Now get out there and post!

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