Forum help

Why join this forum?

In short, because for dads in distress wanting to learn and chat to others, it's by far the best and safest option out there.

Most support or discussion forums are based on social media platforms as 'free' groups, but they're not 'really' free. Your content and information is shared to get income. More than you might realise. Aside from this, discuss private or sensitive matters in a social media group, no matter it's settings, and you open yourself up to anyone (that could be misrepresenting themselves) not only seeing it but also copying or screenshotting it and throwing it into your court case. Make no mistake, we've seen this happen several times. Social media just isn't safe, so we've decided to build our own private platform, with all the features we wanted from ground up - for dads, by dads. And, completely and genuinely free. The benefits:

  • Safety (appropriately curated and managed).
  • Privacy (we do not share your information / content, ever, and it can't be found out accidentally by tracking your social media accounts).
  • Protection (if someone misuses your postings, unlike social media we as forum owners will action it).
  • Only needs an email (no requirement to be on social media).
  • Stand alone dedicated solution.
  • We won't change your security settings without your permission, ever.
  • Access to the leading thinkers / achievers, both here in Australia and wider afield.
  • We care. You're not there to support our cause. We're there for you.
  • We're dads, helping dads. Peers that can be trusted to have your true best interests at heart. There is no business, activism, ideology or political movement here that needs you. We ONLY care about you, full stop. We hope in time you'll do the same for others dads too.
  • The forum has a stand alone 'app' capability, so it easy to use (details below)
  • Over time, we're building a repository of critical information that all dads in distress need; there's nothing else like it out there.
  • It's free and will always remain free; in future, specialized areas may be chargeable at very low rates to cover the cost of development / management but the main discussion forum always remains 100% free. As a national charity, we are not about making a profit; we are about providing the best support available for free or the lowest possible cost.

How do I join up?

Firstly, there's no cost so it's just completing your details here: https://pbbonline.discussioncommunity.com/register/register

You'll get an email asking you to confirm your email address. Once you've done that, its case of sitting back and waiting for approval.

Approval takes anywhere between a few minutes and a couple of days at most. Its managed by volunteers so there's not always someone there at that moment.

Delays in approval most often come from providing misleading information such as false location, name or number.

Please, provide your genuine details not least as we guarantee never to pass them to any third party. However, for your protection and that of others, we do need to know who you are. If this bothers you, just consider who else might get in if we did not operate such rules; something that happens in most social media groups and the very reason we've set up this private forum to avoid those issues.

Thanks but I'm already in a (DIDs) group on Facebook

Not everyone that claims they are a DIDs group on Facebook, is a DIDs group on Facebook! Other social media platforms too. We've seen many instances of people that have no association with our charity, using our name to set up groups that entice the unsuspecting into them.

Only three genuine DIDs groups on Facebook currently continue to exist but they will be phased out in the near future to prevent the confusion. These are Facebook groups associated with our weekly support groups in Sydney(NSW), Gold Coast(QLD) and Perth(WA). To have joined these, you would have had to attend the respective groups. Anything else is nothing to do with us and should be avoided as disingenuous.

If you're a member of our of our three genuine facebook groups, it's time to move across to this forum. Because of real and serious privacy concerns, we will be closing the Facebook groups in the near future.

Is social media safe?

Joan Goodchild, Senior editor CSO (Chief Security Officer) Online

Goodchild spotlighted five dangers she says Facebook users expose themselves to, probably without being aware of them:

  1. Your information is being shared with third parties
  2. Privacy settings revert to a less safe default mode after each redesign
  3. Facebook ads may contain malware
  4. Your real friends unknowingly make you vulnerable
  5. Scammers are creating fake profiles

Isn't there also a security problem every time it redesigns the site?

Every time Facebook redesigns the site, which [usually] happens a few times a year, it puts your privacy settings back to a default in which, essentially, all of your information is made public. It is up to you, the user, to check the privacy settings and decide what you want to share and what you don't want to share. Facebook does not [necessarily] notify you of the changes, and your privacy settings are set back to a public default. Many times, you may find out through friends. Facebook is not alerting you to these changes; it is just letting you know the site has been redesigned.

Read full article here

Is there a forum app?

You can create your own shortcut to the forum on your mobile/tablet home screen that looks and acts exactly like an app.

Set it up as shown below and with one click, you're in and using it. Just like an app. You might ask why we do it this way and just not create an app; it's a good question. Be aware that apps are never actually free and we needed that to be the case for our dads. Normally, the cost is either pay upfront to buy the app, or the app provider sells your info for income behind the scenes. Neither was acceptable to us. So, here's the 'free' work around to give you an app like set up.

Apple iOS (iPhone & iPad)

  1. Open the browser by tapping on the Safari icon, typically located on your home screen. The main browser window should now be visible. (Note that you must use Safari. Apple does not allow any other browser to be used for this process.)
  2. Navigate to the home page of the forum at www.didschat.org
  3. Tap on the Share button at the bottom of the browser window. It's represented by a square with an up arrow in the foreground.
  4. Select the option labeled 'Add to Home Screen'.
  5. Edit the name of the shortcut icon you are creating. This text is important: It represents the title that will be displayed on the home screen. Once you are done, tap the 'Add' button.
  6. You will be taken back to the home screen, which now contains a new icon mapped to your forum. When the forum app icon is clicked, your forum will open as a separate standalone app.

TIP: You can create a shortcut (or lots of them) from any page that your viewing, meaning that you can have a shortcut to the main page of the forum, and another for your favourite section. e.g Your local weekly groups forum discussion area.

Android (Phone & Tablet)

  1. Open the browser by tapping on the Chrome icon, typically located on your home screen. The main browser window should now be visible.
  2. Navigate to the home page of the forum at www.didchat.org.
  3. Touch the overflow button (three vertical dots at the top-right) and select 'Add to Home Screen'.
  4. Choose a title for the new icon and press 'Add'.
  5. You will be taken back to the home screen, which now contains a new icon mapped to your forum. When the forum app icon is clicked, your forum will open as a separate standalone app.

TIP: You can create a shortcut (or lots of them) from any page that your viewing, meaning that you can have a shortcut to the main page of the forum, and another for your favourite section. e.g Your local weekly groups forum discussion area.

Who can I contact about the forum?

Drop us a line via our contact page.