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COPPA requires us to inform parents or legal guardians about how we collect, use, and disclose Personal Information from children under the age of 13. COPPA also requires that we get consent from parents or legal guardians before we allow children under the age of 13 to use and interact with some sections, applications, and activities on the Services. We offer users a number of activities, some of which are directed at children under the age of 13, and other activities that are targeted for users of all ages.
Should we want to collect Personal Information from a child, COPPA requires that we first obtain a parent or legal guardian’s consent. In an email (or other approved method) sent to the parent or legal guardian we will describe what information we would like to collect, how we propose to use it, and how the parent or legal guardian can offer and cancel consent. If we do not obtain consent from the parent or legal guardian within a reasonable timeframe, we will remove the child and parent/legal guardian information collected with the request.
For school-based activities, school administrators and teachers are allowed under COPPA to act on behalf of the parents or legal guardians to give consent when collecting Personal Information from children. Teachers and school administrators should always inform parents and legal guardians when collecting Personal Information from children on their behalf.
Children may be able to register with the Services to use our software, online applications, view content, participate in contests, receive emails, and engage in other activities. By doing so we may collect information from children. When we collect Personal Information from a child, we will hold that information only as long as reasonably necessary to allow the child to continue to use and interact with the Services.
During the registration process we may ask a child to give us information for security purposes, announcements, and notifications. This information includes a child’s name, birthdate (to validate the child’s age), gender, username, account name, password, and parent or legal guardian’s email address and other contact information. Children can choose whether to provide their information to us; provided, however, that some of our Services may not function without the required information. We strongly advise children and any user never to provide any Personal Information in their usernames.
To comply with COPPA requirements, on the Services where we ask for the age of a user who is under the age of 13 we will ask for their parent or legal guardian’s email address before we collect any Personal Information from a child. If you think that your child is involved in an activity that collects Personal Information and you or another parent or legal guardian has not received a request for consent to collect such information, please contact us using the contact information at the bottom of this page.
When children access or otherwise interact with the Services, specific information may automatically be collected. We collect this information to make the Services useful to children and other users. We also use this information for internal business purposes, including improving the Services (including the functionality of the Services) and our products, services and/or content. Some examples of this type of information include the child’s IP address, mobile device identifier, type of web browser, type of operating system, online service provider used, and the regularity with which the child visits different parts of the Services.
This information and data are primarily used for our own purposes in order to:
We will not share a child’s Personal Information with other individuals or companies except in limited situations, including the following:
As a parent or legal guardian you have the following rights regarding your child’s use of the Services:
We take steps to verify the identity of anyone requesting information about a child, to ensure that the person is in fact the child’s parent or legal guardian, and appreciate your cooperation with those steps.
If you are a parent or legal guardian and you are aware that your child has created an account that you have not consented to, please contact us so that we can take steps to terminate your child’s account with us. If you are a parent or legal guardian and you are aware that that we have collected Personal Information from your child without your consent, please contact us so that we can take steps to remove that information from our servers.