PSA: Be Careful What You Say...Even Here
I am a registered user, but I've signed out to hopefully maintain my privacy.
I just got done meeting with someone from Children's Services. There have been allegations brought against me, and they didn't come from a vindictive parent. They came from here. How do I know? Because she told me what the allegations were, and most of them were things that I have only ever talked about here.
Someone, I don't know who and I probably never will and I frankly don't care, decided that they don't like me and dug through my old posts looking for stupid things I've said or done, then managed to figure out where I live as well as my real name, and contacted the local Children's services.
After discussing the allegations and meeting with the investigator, she said preliminarily that she's pretty sure nothing will come of it, that the claims are completely unsubstantiated. I had nothing to hide. I told her the entire truth of every single thing. The only thing that this is doing is causing disruption to my day and the days of my daycare families as each of them has to sit down and speak with the investigator as well.
So. Be careful what you say. Be careful what you post. Be careful what you vent, especially if it might be controversial. Someone on here, whether it's a lurker, a frequent poster, or someone who's completely unregistered, might someday decide for whatever reason to go back and use it against you. Someone you've never met, who's never met you, who only knows what they can read on the Internet, who only knows what you've said, and might not have the whole story--couldn't possibly have the whole story, because they don't know you.
I'm not sure any longer that this is such a supportive environment; I'm not sure this is a safe place to vent my frustrations. I am feeling the loss of the support acutely, as I have very much appreciated it. I don't know yet if I'm going to keep posting under my registered name or not. I haven't decided.