Hi I am very new to online forums, and have no idea how they work at all in terms of how anonymity and confidentiality is observed . I care for a relative, and at this point fairly reluctant to say much else until I understand how this forum works. The main reason for the reluctance is to ensure the anonymity of the person I support.
I was worried too as my caree is a young adult with access to internet and I was afraid he would read what I was saying about him, hence the anonymous username. I’ve never used his name or our location or my real name, even in private messages.
Maybe someone who knows me could piece bits of a jigsaw together but they’d have to know me in real life first, and would therefore already know my situation.
We use initials a lot, and who knows if they are the correct ones?
Like with anything else internetwise just be sensible and don’t reveal anything you wouldn’t want shared. Yes the member area is more private but remember anyone can become a member, genuine or not.
I’m coming up for 3 years forum use now and the benefits far outweigh any concerns