KidSpirit Online is a free teen magazine & website for kids created by and for young people to tackle life’s big questions together. Teens share online writing, poetry, artwork, volunteer opportunities and examine their spiritual development in a non-affiliated and inclusive forum.
Updated April 19, 2010
1. Collection and Sharing of Information
We may collect two types of information from users of our Site: “personally identifiable information” (such as name, e-mail address, postal address) and “aggregate information” (such as gender, frequency of visits to the Site, Site pages most frequently accessed, browser type, etc.). We use this information in an effort to improve your experience on the Site and to communicate with you.
2. Collection of Personally Identifiable Information
We only collect personally identifiable information that is voluntarily provided by users of the Site when users want to become registered members and when users want to submit their work for publication to KidSpirit Magazine.
3. Collection of Aggregate information
We also collect aggregate information from all visitors to the Site. Aggregate Information is used in a collective manner, and no single person can be identified by that compiled information.
4. Sharing, Selling, and Trading Personally Identifiable Information Collected Online with Third Parties
We will not sell, share, trade or otherwise disclose personally identifiable information or non-personally identifiable information collected on our Site with third parties for their own marketing purposes.
We may share personally identifiable information and non-personally identifiable information with third party service providers hired by KidSpirit, such as companies who perform technical and processing functions on our behalf. These third parties are not authorized to retain, share, store or use your personally identifiable information for any purpose other than completion of the specific services for which they were hired.
In addition, in the following circumstances we may share or transfer personally identifiable information and non-personally identifiable information to unrelated third parties: (i) to comply with a legal requirement, judicial proceeding, court order, or legal process served on us; (ii) to investigate a possible crime, such as fraud or identity theft; (iii) when we believe it is necessary to do so to protect the rights, property, or safety of our company or other persons.
5. Collection and Use of IP Addresses
In addition, we collect IP addresses to obtain aggregate information on the Site. An IP address is a number assigned to your computer by a Web server when you are on the Web. When you are on our Site, we have a back-end server that logs your computer’s IP address. We only use the information we find out from tracking IP addresses in the aggregate, such as how many users entered a specific area of our Site, and not to track a specific IP address to identify an individual user. However, we reserve the right to use such information to identify a user if safety and/or security issues arise or to comply with legal requirements.
On the Site, (i) we provide areas for registered members to submit communications, including comments, forum threads, postings on blogs, creation of personal Web pages and the creation of magazine content; and (ii) we provide certain areas for non-members to leave comments (collectively, “User Submission(s)”). If you are a registered member, your User Submissions will be associated with your username and avatar. If you are not a registered member, your comments will be submitted anonymously, however, the submission of magazine content will be associated with your name. Please note that any personally identifiable information you decide to include within your User Submission will be available to the public, so it is important for you to exercise discretion and appropriate caution when deciding to reveal personally identifiable information in such User Submissions.
7. Children and Privacy
8. Links to Other Websites
The security of your personally identifiable information is important to us and we are committed to handling your information carefully. We restrict access to your personally identifiable information to employees who need to know that information in order to provide services. In addition, we make reasonable efforts to follow generally accepted industry standards to protect the personally identifiable information submitted to us, both during transmission and once we receive it. No method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage, is 100% secure, however. Therefore, while we strive to use commercially acceptable means to protect your personally identifiable information, we cannot guarantee its absolute security. IN NO EVENT WILL KIDSPIRIT OR OUR OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, AFFILIATES, AGENTS, LICENSORS, SUPPLIERS OR ANY PARTY INVOLVED IN CREATING, PRODUCING OR DELIVERING THIS SITE (“RELEASED PARTIES”) BE LIABLE IN ANY MANNER WHATSOEVER FOR ANY DAMAGES OF ANY KIND, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, SPECIAL OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF: (I) THIS SITE, YOUR ACCESS, USE OR INABILITY TO USE THIS SITE; (II) ANY FAILURE OR PERFORMANCE, ERROR, OMISSION, INTERRUPTION, DEFECT, DELAY IN OPERATION OR TRANSMISSION, COMPUTER VIRUS OR LINE OR SYSTEM FAILURE (INCLUDING LOSS PROFITS, LOSS OF BUSINESS OR DATA, BUSINESS INTERRUPTION, AND DAMAGES THAT RESULT FROM INACCURACY OF THE INFORMATION OR INCONVENIENCE, DELAY, OR LOSS OF THE USE OF THE SITE); (III) PERSONAL INJURY OR PROPERTY DAMAGE, OF ANY NATURE WHATSOEVER, RESULTING FROM YOUR ACCESS TO AND USE OF THE SITE, (IV) ANY UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS TO OR USE OF OUR SECURE SERVERS AND/OR ANY AND ALL PERSONAL IDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION STORED THEREIN, (V) ANY BUGS, VIRUSES, TROJAN HORSES, OR THE LIKE, WHICH MAY BE TRANSMITTED TO OR THROUGH THE SITE BY ANY THIRD PARTY. THE FOREGOING LIMITATIONS APPLY WHETHER THE ALLEGED LIABILITY IS BASED ON CONTRACT, TORT, NEGLIGENCE STRICT LIABILITY OR ANY OTHER BASIS, EVEN IF THE RELEASED PARTIES OR ANY OTHER PARTY HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES.
10. Changes to this Policy
We reserve the right to update or modify this Policy, at any time and without prior notice, by posting the revised version of this Policy on our Site.
11. Corrections/Information Removal/Opt-Out
If your e-mail address or other personally identifiable information changes, you may update, correct or omit the relevant information by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you prefer not to receive marketing e-mails from us, please let us know by clicking on the unsubscribe link within any marketing e-mail you receive from us. Please note that such requests may take up to ten (10) days to become effective.
12. Contact Us
77 State Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Updated April 19, 2010
The federal Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”) requires that we inform parents and legal guardians about how we collect, use, and disclose personally identifiable information from children under thirteen (13) years of age (hereinafter “kids”); and that we obtain the consent of parents and guardians in order for kids to use certain features of our Site where personally identifiable information is collected. Below we explain our policies regarding the collection, use and disclosure of kids’ personally identifiable information. When we use the term “parent,” this term includes legal guardians.
Q1. What types of information do we collect about kids?
A1. Kids can surf our Site, view content, and make comments anonymously in certain areas of the Site without any personally identifiable information being collected. We do not collect personally identifiable information from kids unless they attempt to register on the Site as a member. Typically, kids will register to participate in groups and forums. The only personally identifiable information we collect from kids prior to obtaining parental consent is a kid’s birth date, kid’s first name, and parent’s e-mail address. We use this information to contact parents and obtain their consent. (See Q3/A3 below for further information regarding the parental consent process.)
Once we have received parental consent, the only personally identifiable information we collect from kids is their first name and parent’s email address. Note that all sites that are directed to children under thirteen (13) are prohibited by law from conditioning a kid’s participation in an online activity on the kid’s providing more personally identifiable information than is reasonably necessary. KidSpirit does not condition a kid’s participation in any of our online activities on the disclosure of more personally identifiable information than is reasonably necessary to participate in the activity.
Even when kids under 13 become members of the Site (with parental consent), they are not permitted to participate in all functions of the Site. For example, kids under 13 are not permitted to create a personal webpage or blog on the Site. However, with parental consent, they can participate in discussion groups and forums and make comments in those areas of the Site. In the course of participating in some areas of the Site (i.e., groups and forums), a child may decide to reveal additional personally identifiable information about himself or herself. Given that other registered Site members can see information submitted in groups and forums, it is important for parents to monitor their kids activity on our Site (or any website) to make certain kids do not reveal information like their telephone number, address or last name.
Q2. How do we use and share the personally identifiable information that we have collected about kids?
A2. We use the personally identifiable information collected from kids to provide the services requested on the Site and to contact kids about new functions of the Site or information about KidSpirit’s activities. We do not share, sell or otherwise disclose a kid’s personally identifiable information, except with third party service providers hired by KidSpirit, such as companies who perform technical and processing functions on our behalf. These third parties are not authorized to retain, share, store or use your personally identifiable information for any purpose other than completion of the specific services for which they were hired. In addition, in the following circumstances we may share or transfer personally identifiable information to unrelated third parties: (i) to comply with a legal requirement, judicial proceeding, court order, or legal process served on us; (ii) to investigate a possible crime, such as fraud or identity theft; (iii) when we believe it is necessary to do so to protect the rights, property, or safety of our company or other persons.
Q3. How do we notify and obtain consent from parents for the collection of personally identifiable information from their kids?
A3. Within five business days of a child’s attempt to register on the Site, we will send their parent a notification email informing them of the kid’s request to become a member of the Site. We will not allow a child to register as a member of the Site until we receive an email back from the parent with consent.
Q4. How can parents access, change or delete personally identifiable information about their kids?
A4. At any time parents can refuse to permit KidSpirit to collect further personally identifiable information from their kid and can request that any personally identifiable information we have collected be deleted from our records. A parent can contact us to access, change, or delete the personally identifiable information that we have collected from his or her child by sending an e-mail to email@example.com. Please include the child’s member name and parent’s e-mail address in the e-mail so that we can better assist you with your inquiry or request.
A6. If you need further assistance, please send an e-mail with your questions or comments to firstname.lastname@example.org or write us at:
77 State Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
You may also telephone us at (347) 596-9799. (If you are not eighteen (18) years of age or older, you must have your parent or guardian’s permission to call this number.)