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Acceptable Use Policy

Please read this document carefully before posting your questions. The aim of the policy is to help us all maintain a safe and enjoyable online experience. You must be a second-level student or older to post questions. Younger visitors to this site should ask a parent or guardian to participate on their behalf.

By posting a question on this site, you are indicating that you accept these rules and that you agree to abide by them.

Content standards

These content standards apply to any material that you contribute to this site. You must comply with the spirit of the following standards as well as the letter.

Contributions must:

Be accurate (where they state facts)
Be genuinely held (where they state opinions)
Comply with applicable law in Ireland and in any country from which they are posted (if this is not Ireland)

Contributions must not:

Contain any material which is defamatory of any person
Contain any material which is obscene, offensive, hateful or inflammatory
Promote sexually explicit material
Promote violence
Promote discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age
Infringe any copyright, database right or trade mark of any other person
Be likely to deceive any person
Be made in breach of any legal duty owed to a third party, such as a contractual duty or a duty of confidence
Be threatening, abuse or invade another’s privacy, or cause annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety
Be likely to harass, upset, embarrass, alarm or annoy any other person
Be used to impersonate any person, or to misrepresent your identity or affiliation with any person
Give the impression that they emanate from us, if this is not the case
Advocate, promote or assist any unlawful act such as (by way of example only) copyright infringement or computer misuse.

Your privacy

We work hard to protect your privacy and you should too. If you are posting a question or comment, never give out any personal details (i.e. your real name, address and/or telephone number). Never arrange to meet someone you encounter online. Visit the Department of Education and Skills / National Centre for Technology in Education website www.webwise.ie for more information on staying safe on the internet.

Reliance on information posted

We try to make this site as useful as possible for its intended audience and information provided should only be taken as a guide. Please bear in mind that comments and other materials posted by users on this site are not intended to amount to advice on which reliance should be placed.

We will not be responsible, or liable to any third party, for the content or accuracy of any materials posted by you or any other user of our site.

Prohibited uses

You may use our site only for lawful purposes. You may not use the site:

In any way that breaches any applicable local, national or international law or regulation
In any way that is unlawful or fraudulent, or has any unlawful or fraudulent purpose or effect
For the purpose of harming or attempting to harm minors in any way
To send, knowingly receive, upload, download, use or re-use any material which does not comply with our content standards
To transmit, or procure the sending of, any unsolicited or unauthorised advertising or promotional material or any other form of similar solicitation (spam)
To knowingly transmit any data, send or upload any material that contains viruses, trojan horses, worms, time-bombs, keystroke loggers, spyware, adware or any other harmful programs or similar computer code designed to adversely affect the operation of any computer software or hardware
To attack our site through our site via a denial-of-service attack or a distributed denial-of service attack

Information about us

This site is part of the Smart Futures initiative. The site is managed on a day-to-day basis by the education and outreach programme of Science Foundation Ireland, on behalf of the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation.

SFI’s offices can be found at Science Foundation Ireland, Wilton Park House, Wilton Place, Dublin 2, Ireland. The Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation is registered as a Data Processor with the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner with registration number 9072/A.

Occasionally areas of this site may provide comment facilities for visitors. Comments may be moderated.  If you need to contact a moderator or if you have any concerns about material that appears on our site, please email smartfutures[at]sfi[dot]ie

or

Education and Public Engagement 
Science Foundation Ireland, Wilton Park House,
Wilton Place,
Dublin 2,
Ireland
Tel: +353 1 6073042.

Disclaimer: the career chats on this site should be taken as a guide only, and not replace advice from individual guidance counsellors and relevant CAO resources.

We hope you find our site informative and enjoyable. Thank you for visiting the Smart Futures site.