Terms of Use & Whistleblower Policy


LEGAL RESTRICTIONS AND TERMS OF USE

Use of this Site Signifies your Agreement to the Terms of Use. 


PLEASE READ THESE TERMS OF USE CAREFULLY BEFORE USING THIS SITE

By using this site, you signify your consent to these terms of use. If you do not agree to these terms of use, please do not use the site. 

 

RESTRICTIONS ON USE OF MATERIALS

This site is owned and operated by DreamYard unless otherwise indicated the contents of DreamYard.com are the property of DreamYard (“DreamYard”) and are protected, without limitation, pursuant to U.S. and foreign copyright and trademark laws. No material from DreamYard.com may be copied, reproduced, republished, uploaded, posted, transmitted, or distributed in any way, except that you may download one copy of the materials on any single computer for your personal non-commercial use only, provided you keep intact all copyright and other proprietary notices. Modification of the materials or use of the materials for any other purpose is a violation of DreamYard’s copyright, trademark, and trade secret rights and others’ proprietary rights. For purposes of this Agreement, the use of any such material on any other Web Site or networked computer environment is prohibited.

 

USER CONDUCT

Derogatory, harmful or unlawful conduct is not permitted on DreamYard.com. Users are not permitted to upload to, distribute through, or otherwise publish through DreamYard.com any content which is libelous, defamatory, obscene, pornographic, threatening, invasive of privacy or publicity rights, abusive, illegal or otherwise objectionable that would constitute or encourage a criminal offense, violate the rights of any party, or that would otherwise give rise to liability or violate any law.

 

JUST FOR KIDS

We believe in the power of Kids and we urge both you and your parents to use and enjoy DreamYard. While we encourage the interactive nature of online media, we strive to educate you and your parents about how to appropriately safeguard your privacy when surfing in the Web. We urge you to check with your parents before entering any information on any website.

 

PARENTS

By taking responsibility for your children’s online computer use, parents can greatly minimize any potential risks for being online. The best way to assure that your children are having positive online experiences is to stay in touch with what they are doing. One way to do this is to spend time with your children while they are online. Have them show you what they are doing and ask them to teach you how to access the services. While children and teenagers need a certain amount of privacy, they also need parental involvement and supervision in their daily lives. The same general parenting skills that apply to the “real world” also apply while online. Make it a family rule to: 1. Never give out identifying information-home address, school name, or telephone number- in a public message such as chat or bulletin boards, and be sure you’re dealing with someone that both you and your child know and trust before giving it out via email. Think carefully before revealing any personal information such as age, marital status, or financial information. Consider using a pseudonym or unlisting your child’s name if your service allows it. 2. Get to know the services your child uses. If you don’t know how to log on, get your child to show you. Find out what types of information it offers, and whether there are ways for parents to block out objectionable material. 3. Never allow a child to arrange a face-to-face meeting with another computer user without parental permission. If a meeting is arranged, make the first one in a public spot, and be sure to accompany your child. 4. Never respond to messages or bulletin board items that are suggestive, obscene, belligerent, threatening, or make you feel uncomfortable. Encourage your children to tell you if they encounter such messages. If you or your child receives a message that is harassing, of a sexual nature, or threatening, forward a copy of the message to your service provider and ask for their assistance. 5. Should you become aware of the transmission, use, or viewing of child pornography while online, immediately report this to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children by calling 1-800-843-5678. You should also notify your online service.

 

JURISDICTIONAL ISSUES

DreamYard.com is controlled and operated by DreamYard from its offices in New York, United States of America. DreamYard makes no representation that materials on DreamYard.com are appropriate or available for use in other locations. Those who choose to access DreamYard.com from other locations do so on their own initiative and are responsible for compliance with local laws, if and to the extent local laws are applicable.

 

OTHER

This Agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the state of New York, without giving effect to any principles of conflicts of law. You and DreamYard each agree to submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of the state of New York and the federal courts of the southern district of New York. If any provision of this Agreement shall be unlawful, void or for any reason unenforceable, then that provision shall be deemed severable from this Agreement and shall not affect the validity and enforceability of any remaining provisions. This is the entire agreement between the parties relating to the subject matter herein and shall not be modified except by writing, signed by both parties.

 

PERMISSION FOR REPRINTS

All material on DreamYard.com without limitation, is protected by U.S. and foreign copyright and trademark laws. In order to receive permission to reprint any material on DreamYard.com (outside of personal, non-commercial use), please write to: DreamYard This email address The notification must be in writing and include: 1. A signature of a person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed. 2. Identification of each alleged infringing copyrighted work or works. 3. Identification of the allegedly infringing material and information reasonably sufficient to enable us to locate such material. 4. Information reasonably sufficient to enable us to contact the party complaining of an alleged infringement (e.g. an address, telephone number, and email address). 5. A statement that the complaining party has a good-faith belief that use of the allegedly infringing material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law. 6. A statement that the information in the notification is accurate, and under penalty of perjury, that the complaining party is authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.

 

GENERAL WHISTLE BLOWER POLICY

DreamYard requires directors, officers and employees to observe high standards of business and personal ethics in the conduct of their duties and responsibilities. As employees and representatives of the organization we must practice honesty and integrity in fulfilling our responsibilities and comply with all applicable laws and regulations.

 

REPORTING RESPONSIBILITY

It is the responsibility of all directors, officers and employees to report ethics violations or suspected violations in accordance with this Whistleblower Policy.

 

NO RETALIATION

No director, officer or employee who in good faith reports an ethics violation shall suffer harassment, retaliation or adverse employment consequence. An employee who retaliates against someone who has reported a violation in good faith is subject to discipline up to and including termination of employment. This Whistleblower Policy is intended to encourage and enable employees and others to raise serious concerns within DreamYard prior to seeking resolution outside the organization.

 

REPORTING VIOLATIONS

DreamYard has an open door policy and suggests that employees share their questions, concerns, suggestions or complaints with someone who can address them properly. In most cases, an employee’s supervisor is in the best position to address an area of concern. However, if you are not comfortable speaking with your supervisor or you are not satisfied with your supervisor’s response, you are encouraged to speak with someone on the Board of Directors with whom you are comfortable approaching. Supervisors are required to report suspected ethics violations to DreamYard’s Board President (who serves in this capacity as Compliance Officer), who has specific and exclusive responsibility to investigate all reported violations. For suspected fraud, or when you are not satisfied or uncomfortable with following the organization’s open door policy, individuals should contact DreamYard’s Board President directly.

 

COMPLIANCE OFFICER

DreamYard’s Board President serves asthe Compliance Officer and is responsible for investigating and resolving all reported complaints and allegations concerning violations and, at his/her discretion, shall advise the Executive Director and/or the ExecutiveCommittee. The Compliance Officer has direct access to the Executive Committee of the board of directors and is required to report to the Finance Committee at least annually on compliance activity. DreamYard’s Compliance Officer is the chair of the Executive Committee.

 

ACCOUNTING AND AUDITING MATTERS

The Executive Committee of the board of directors shall address all reported concerns or complaints regarding corporate accounting practices, internal controls or auditing. The Compliance Officer shall immediately notify the Executive Committee of any such complaint and work with the committee until the matter is resolved.

 

ACTING IN GOOD FAITH

Anyone filing a complaint concerning a violation or suspected violation must be acting in good faith and have reasonable grounds for believing the information disclosed indicates a violation. Any allegations that prove not to be substantiated and which prove to have been made maliciously or knowingly to be false will be viewed as a serious disciplinary offense.

 

CONFIDENTIALITY

Violations or suspected violations may be submitted on a confidential basis by the complainant or may be submitted anonymously. Reports of violations or suspected violations will be kept confidential to the extent possible, consistent with the need to conduct an adequate investigation.

 

HANDLING OF REPORTED VIOLATIONS

The Compliance Officer will notify the sender and acknowledge receipt of the reported violation or suspected violation within five business days. All reports will be promptly investigated and appropriate corrective action will be taken if warranted by the investigation. Executive Committee Shall Serve as the Audit Committee Compliance Officer: Board President Policy Approved by DreamYard’s Board of Directors on June 15, 2010.