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Tween Tribune Conduct Rules

TweenTribune is a free online educational service offered by the Smithsonian for use by K-12 teachers and students, including text, photos, graphics, audio and/or video materials prepared by the Smithsonian and others, about current events, history, art, culture, and science, lessons, instructional and assessment tools, and opportunities to communicate with other participants. Your use of TweenTribune as a teacher or student is subject to the below terms and conditions.

Conduct Rules for Teachers: Get it Right from the Start

Registration Matters. You may only create student accounts for a minor if (i) you are the parent or legal guardian of the minor, or (ii) if you have obtained prior verifiable parental consent. A parent consent form is available here. Do not create student screen names that are personally identifiable.

Set the Ground Rules. Teachers, parents, or legal guardians, are responsible for sharing these Conduct Rules with the students they register as users on Tween Tribune, and for guiding student compliance with these Rules.

Conduct Rules for All Users: What To Do On Tween Tribune

Play Nice. Be polite and respectful in your postings, even when expressing disagreement. The Smithsonian wants all learners, no matter what their age, background, or experience, to feel comfortable and safe when using Tween Tribune.

Remain Relevant. Tween Tribune is for educational use, only. Do not use Tween Tribune for other purposes. Keep your communications and postings on topic.

Be Yourself. Don't create multiple accounts or pretend to be someone else. Don't share or use other people's usernames and passwords.

Stay Safe. Please do not post information that is private or personally identifiable to you or another user (such as name or contact information) and do not request such information from other users. Information posted on Tween Tribune is visible to other users, and the public (if the teacher selects public status).

Give Credit. If you are inspired by somebody else's work, say so in your comment and give that somebody his or her due credit. Obtain permission before including another person's work in your comment.

Be Accountable. You are solely responsible for your activities on Tween Tribune, including any consequences of your activities.

The Smithsonian reserves the right to monitor your use of Tween Tribune and take down, or not post your content, suspend your account, or block your access if, in the Smithsonian's sole judgment, your activity appears to violate these rules, the terms of use [link], or otherwise disrupt user experience and/or network operations. Misconduct that violates the law also may result in a fine or imprisonment. The Smithsonian assumes no responsibility for your activities on Tween Tribune, for the posting of any content that violates these rules, or for any failure or delay to take down or otherwise respond to content that violates these rules or law.

Allow Reuse. By posting content, you are giving the Smithsonian, those authorized by the Smithsonian, and other Tween Tribune users permission to use your posting for any purpose so long as you are given appropriate credit and indication if changes were made.

Tell us about it! We welcome your feedback. Contact us via email.

If you have a complaint or comment about another user's activity, you may "flag" the comment for Smithsonian review and/or you may contact us via email.

Keep up with the latest. The Smithsonian is continuing to develop Tween Tribune. If any new developments require updates to these rules, the Smithsonian will post the updates here.

What Not To Do on Tween Tribune

Don't be a violator. Tween Tribune is not a space for abuse, bullying, curses, harassment, hate, partisan-politics, pornography, threats, or vulgarity, or any other postings that could be harmful to minors. The Smithsonian reserves the right not to post content of this nature and to remove postings that it determines are of this nature, and, if necessary, to refer such postings to appropriate authorities.

Don't expect privacy. Although the Smithsonian does not regularly monitor anyone's use of TweenTribune, the Smithsonian may do so at any time to better understand the site's functionality, public interest, and compliance with these rules. The Smithsonian may share information it receives through Tween Tribune as described in the TweenTribune Frequently Asked Questions [insert link] , the Smithsonian Kids Online Privacy Satement [insert link], and the Smithsonian Privacy Policy [insert link].

Don't be creepy. Don't solicit or collect information about other users. Do not use communications tools to "stalk" or arrange personal meet ups. If another Tween Tribune user seeks to arrange a personal meet up with you, report that conduct to your parent, legal guardian, or teacher, and to your local authorities. In addition, you may flag such comments for Smithsonian review and/or report the conduct to [email that will be checked daily].

Don't Abuse. Don't post/upload or do anything that could be harmful to minors. Don't introduce viruses, worms, or other programs that could damage software, hardware, or other equipment. Don't disrupt or interfere with other users' ability to use Tween Tribune. Don't violate the website terms of use [link] or law or otherwise misuse Tween Tribune. Violations may result in account suspension; violations of law may result in criminal prosecution, imprisonment, or fine.

IN CONCLUSION: The Smithsonian developed these Conduct Rules to create a safe K-12 learning environment. If you feel that you cannot follow these rules, Tween Tribune may not be right for you.

If you have any questions or comments, we'd love to hear from you via email.

Tween Tribune Terms of Use

Privacy and Security: Learn more about Tween Tribune's use of personal information and security practices here.

Permitted Uses: You may use Tween Tribune for lawful educational purposes, only.

Commercial Use Prohibited: You may not use Tween Tribune for commercial purposes. This means you may not sell content that you find on this website, or products or services that incorporate the content, nor may you use the content to promote or advertise products or services. If you wish to use the content beyond the permitted use, you must obtain prior written permission from the Smithsonian. Please contact: [email].

Interactive Features and the Conduct Rules: Tween Tribune allows registered users to interact with each other, subject to the terms and conditions of the Conduct Rules.

The Conduct Rules are meant to identify types of uses that are not appropriate for TweenTribune, but the Smithsonian cannot enumerate all possible misuses or technical factors. The Smithsonian is under no obligation, but reserves the right, to take appropriate action(s) to address violations of the agreement or other misuse. If you believe there is a violation or misuse of Tween Tribune, you may flag the comment for Smithsonian review and/or report that information to [email that will be checked daily].

Copyright: The Smithsonian welcomes you to make fair use, as defined by U.S. copyright law, of the content presented on this website. You may read more about fair use on the United States Copyright Office's website: . You are responsible for determining whether your use is fair and for responding to any claims that may arise from your use.

Subject to these terms of use, Associated Press text, photo, graphic, audio and/or video material shall not be published, broadcast, rewritten for broadcast or publication or redistributed directly or indirectly in any medium. Neither these AP materials nor any portion thereof may be stored in a computer except for personal and non-commercial use. Users may not download or reproduce a substantial portion of the AP material found on this web site. AP will not be held liable for any delays, inaccuracies, errors or omissions therefrom or in the transmission or delivery of all or any part thereof or for any damages arising from any of the foregoing.

Copyright Complaints: If you have any complaints or objections to content posted on Tween Tribune because it was not properly credited or it was posted without permission and you are the copyright owner, please contact the Smithsonian's Office of General Counsel,, with your contact information and a link to the relevant content.

Trademark: Many of the names, titles, trademarks, service marks, and logos that appear on Tween Tribune are registered or common law (unregistered) marks of the Smithsonian. With the exception of fair use, you may not use the Smithsonian trademarks without prior written permission.

Trademarks of third parties also may appear on Tween Tribune from time to time. You agree that nothing on Tween Tribune shall be construed as granting any license to use any Trademark displayed on the Tween Tribune without the express written permission of the owner of the trademark.

Teachers, Parents, and Legal Guardians: Prior to registering a student, teachers are responsible for obtaining verifiable consent from the student's parent or guardian. A consent form is available here.

Inappropriate Content: Although the Smithsonian uses a filtering system, users may encounter comments that are controversial, offensive, or possibly inappropriate. Any registered users may "flag" such content for Smithsonian review. You also may report such content, or other possible violation of these terms of use, here.

Monitoring: Although the Smithsonian does not regularly monitor content or information provided by website visitors and registered users, it reserves the right to monitor content or information provided by website visitors and registered users, to edit or remove any content that, in the Smithsonian's judgment, does not comply with the foregoing rules. Decisions of the Smithsonian shall be final. The Smithsonian assumes no responsibility or liability arising from your content, or for any error, defamation, libel, omission, obscenity, danger, falsehood, or inaccuracy contained in any other user-posted content, or from any failure or delay in monitoring, removing, editing, or otherwise responding to such content.

Links TO Third Party Sites: The Smithsonian may link to third party sites which are not under the control of the Smithsonian. These links are provided as a convenience and for informational purposes only, and they do not indicate the Smithsonian's endorsement, sponsorship of, or affiliation with the third party or content of the linked website, including any advertisements that may be posted. The Smithsonian has no control over, makes no representation or warranty and bears no responsibility for the accuracy, legality or content of the externally linked sites.

Links FROM Third Party Sites: Linking is an important feature that facilitates searching and making connections among websites. If you link to Tween Tribune, you agree to present the link in a manner that does not give the impression that the Smithsonian endorses, whether expressly or implicitly, any products, services or opinions provided on your website and that the link contain a clearly written notice that the user is leaving your website and accessing another.

Disclaimer: Tween Tribune is provided "AS IS" WITHOUT A WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS OFR A PARTICULAR USE, AND/OR NON-INFRINGMENT. Tween Tribune, as a whole, portions of the site, or particular pieces of content, may not be available at any time, location, or without specific equipment. At its sole discretion, at any time, the Smithsonian may suspend or terminate Tween Tribune without notice. The Smithsonian shall not be responsible or liable for any damage that may occur due to your use of Tween Tribune or downloading any content from Tween Tribune.

Warranty and Indemnity: By using Tween Tribune, you represent and warrant that your use will be consistent with these Terms of Use. You agree to indemnify, defend and hold the Smithsonian harmless from all claims, causes of action, allegations, costs, expenses, fees (including reasonable attorneys' fees), judgments, liabilities, losses, and damages arising from or relating to your use of Tween Tribune.

Applicable Law and Jurisdiction: These Terms of Use and any amendments or revisions shall be governed by applicable federal law and the laws of the District of Columbia, without regard to its conflict of laws principles. Any case, controversy, suit, action, or proceeding arising out of, in connection with, or related to these Terms of Use shall be brought in the appropriate federal court.

Reservation of Rights: The Smithsonian reserves the right to change these Terms of Use from time to time without notice; changes shall be effective upon posting. Please check back regularly for updates. Failure of the Smithsonian to enforce any of these terms shall not constitute a waiver of such terms.