Message board rules
The Nacoa message boards are here for you to write about your experiences, thoughts and feelings about living with a parent’s drinking or similar addictive behaviour. For more info see the Nacoa Promise.
Taking care of yourself
Please remember to take care of yourself when visiting the Nacoa message boards. See help & advice for suggestions of ways you can look after yourself. You can always email email@example.com for support.
Please read before you sign up
We hope you find registering and joining our online community simple and straight forward. When you create a user account, you agree to the following rules, which exist for your protection and to keep the Nacoa message boards friendly, safe and supportive. All content is moderated before it is posted publicly.
Message board rules
Sign up using a nickname for your username e.g. "heretotalk" or "flower" etc. This should be different from the username you use on other sites to avoid being identified by search engines
Introduce yourself to our online community so we can welcome you
Post messages sharing your story, experiences and feelings in a way that feels right for you
Treat others the way you'd like to be treated
Tag your posts so people can find posts they most relate to
Respond to posts that are active
Report bad-taste and bad-attitude messages to firstname.lastname@example.org
Email email@example.com anything makes you uncomfortable or upset
Use your full name or surname in your username when you register
Use an inappropriate username. If you choose a username that is offensive you will not be able to post
Disclose personal information like your full name, email address, phone number, where you live, your school etc.
Post a picture of yourself
Ask for anyone's personal details
Arrange to meet anyone
Name individuals such as family or friends
Discuss illegal activities, such as software and music piracy and other intellectual property violations
Use sexually oriented imagery or links to such content
Create multiple accounts
Swear or post messages that are offensive
Write graphic descriptions of self-harm or suicide. You can email firstname.lastname@example.org
See the Nacoa Promise for more information about confidentiality and what you can expect from Nacoa.
All posts are moderated to keep the Nacoa message boards safe, friendly and supportive. Posts that breach any of the rules will not be posted. Messages posted that fall into any of the categories below will be deleted:
Inappropriate due to their content or nature
Posts with an external link to promote irrelevant business or service
Pointless – the message contributes no value to the message boards
Crosspost – the message was posted to more than one forum
SPAM – the thread was advertising or thinly disguised market research
When will messages appear?
It can take up to 48 hours for a message to message to be moderated and published on the Nacoa message boards. Moderating messages keeps the site safe and ensures personal details such as email addresses and phone numbers are not posted.
Be aware and stay safe online
Remember that the message boards can be viewed by everyone
Keep all passwords private
We cannot guarantee that all posts are from children or young people. Follow the above rules and chat safely
NEVER arrange to meet anyone in the real world who you have met online, this can be dangerous
Except for comments by moderators, the views expressed are those of the author alone and are not necessarily endorsed or shared by Nacoa
Read more about staying safe on line
The Nacoa message boards do not offer an emergency service. If your problem is life threatening or you are in immediate danger please contact the emergency services by phoning 999. For 24-hour support call Childline on 0800 1111 or Samaritans on 116 123.