All you need to know about the message boards

The message boards are a place for you to share your experiences, have fun and get support from other young people. Why not introduce yourself?

The boards are aimed at young people aged 11 and over. Some of the language used and things being discussed may be upsetting for anyone younger.

Talk about anything

You can talk to other people and get support with all sorts of things like family worries, eating problems, self-harm, phobias, puberty, hobbies, and much more. Or you could just share poems, quotes and fun things.

You can read stuff without an account but you have to sign up if you want to post something yourself. It’s the same account you'd need for email or 1-2-1 counsellor chat with a counsellor.

For your safety, you'll be automatically logged out 20 minutes after you stop typing your message. This is to protect you in case you forget to log out of a computer in a public place. If this happens, you'll lose what you've written. So keep an eye on the time and make sure you press ‘send’ when you're ready to post your message.

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House rules

Please don't:

  • include any personal info about yourself or somebody you know like surnames, school names, numbers, email addresses or links to social networking profiles
  • talk about specific locations – you can share info like a large city or county, but specific locations like a small town or the name of your local park could be unsafe
  • post details of an event you're attending like a university open day, music festival or court case or discuss meeting up
  • create different accounts to try and confuse or mislead other young people on the boards or share your account or password with anybody else - if we think you’ve done this, your account may be locked
  • post any remarks that discriminate against people, for example, sexist, transphobic, racist or homophobic
  • post graphic or detailed descriptions of harmful behaviour, your appearance, explicit language or sexual acts. It’s OK to ask for advice but you can’t ask for tips on how to carry out unsafe behaviour or sexual acts
  • post sentences or phrases written in other languages which excludes others from the conversation
  • exaggerate or make up things you know are not true
  • post messages with information that is used or copied from another website including links, blogs, big chunks of text or song lyrics
  • post surveys or questionnaires - if you want to know what the community think about a certain issue then post questions or an idea for a survey in Childline Information.

Confidentiality means not telling anyone else about what you’ve said. Find out more.

Links to other sites

It can be great to share links or apps you find helpful. We have to be careful that any link is suitable for everyone. If we can’t accept a link because it’s not been approved, our moderators will pass it on to the hosts to see if it can be used in the future. 

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Meet your hosts

The message boards hosts are here to answer your questions about Childline. They are Jas and Mel. They’re here to listen to your thoughts and ideas and help you get involved with discussions.

Sometimes there will be posts that they don't see as there are over 5,000 posts every month! If there’s a post or thread you'd like them to have a look at, or if you want to know what other advice there is for your problem, post on the Childline information message board and just ask a host to take a look.

The hosts are not counsellors but they can help you find the support you need. Find out more about the hosts by clicking the links below.