The Internet, as a widespread and often readily available resource, presents a host of possibilities and challenges for young users. We understand this, and are committed to providing an online experience for children that is safe and rewarding. In accordance with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), we strive to safeguard the privacy of children who visit our Web site. Personal information is defined under COPPA as “individually identifiable information,” information that helps others to identify a particular person. The following is information about what data we collect, how we use it, who has access to it, and what parents’ and legal guardians’ rights are with regard to the collection, storage, and use of their child’s personal information.
Visitors to our Web site under age 13 are free to access the various features our site offers without disclosing any personal information. The only personal identifying information we collect from children is in the form of email messages (i.e. names and email addresses) sent by children to our Web site. These messages are received by our Web site contact operator. No other personal information is solicited or collected, and the Webmaster responds to each child only when the child initiates contact. Such contact is on a one-time basis, and after response to the child, the child’s name and email address, as well as the content of the message, are deleted.
Any personal information (i.e. email address, full name, or last name of child) received from a child as a result of the child contacting our Web site will not be shared with any third party. Any letters from children published in on our Web site or in our publications will not include any personal identifying information. Children who contact our Web site will not receive product solicitations or be subject to other unsolicited contacts, whether through advertising or by any other means.