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Privacy Policy

Children's Progress is very concerned about the protection of your online privacy, whether you are a teacher, student, parent, administrator, or general visitor to our Web site. As a result, Children's Progress has made the commitment not to disclose any of your personal information to third parties without your consent. For your protection, we have also established the following privacy statement that is meant to inform you of how we collect information and how we use it. Since this policy may change from time to time, we recommend that you refer to it regularly.

What information we know about you and how we use it

Although we may collect certain information from you as discussed below, please be reassured in knowing the following:

  • We do not use any information about where you personally go on our site, nor do we give such information out to third parties;
  • We do not give out your name, telephone number, address or other personal information, unless you (or, if you are a child under the age of 13, your parent) authorize us to do so or except where needed to deliver a product or service you ordered;
  • Unless you are an adult and you personally divulge personal information, we will not give out information that would link your profile, user ID, or nickname with your actual name without your (or, if you are a child under the age of 13, your parent's) prior consent;
  • We will always give you (or your parent) the opportunity to access and correct your personal information at any time.

Personal information that you give us

There are various areas on our Site where we either require or permit you to transfer personal information voluntarily. We use this personal information only for the specific purpose specified at the time you input such information. In addition, we never divulge such information to third parties without your consent.

Information that we independently derive from your use of our site

Aside from any information you may actively disclose to us, there is other, less obvious, information which we might gain from you. Generally, we use such information for internal purposes such as compiling statistical data, to improve the content of our evaluations, to customize the layout of our pages for each individual visitor according to their preferences. In addition, we keep records in your account history of your performance in our evaluations, your contact with Children's Progress and any reported violations of our Terms of Use that you or someone on your account may have committed.

  • Computer Information- We automatically query your computer for information about your computer system such as the speed of your modem, error messages you may have received, or operating system type -- to help us fit our services to your individual needs and to help us diagnose problems you may be having with your system. We use an identifier in the form of a user ID to give you access to subscription areas.
  • Geographic Location- We sometimes use information about your geographical location to provide localized service. By knowing where your computer is located, we can provide faster service by sending your server localized content. Also, we may use your zip code or time zone to make sure certain information you see is accurate for you.
  • Aggregate Information- Finally, our system automatically gathers information about the areas you visit on our site. We use this navigational information in the aggregate to understand how our members (be they teachers or K-12 students) as a group use the service so that we can make our site and our evaluations more useful to you. We may also share this aggregate statistical information with school boards, governmental entities, our partners or other outside companies, but in doing so, we never disclose individual names or personal information.

Some examples of how we aggregate such information are as follows:

Cookies. Cookies are pieces of information that our Web Site transfers to your computer's hard drive in order to make your experience on our Site more efficient. Cookies allow us to customize the information we provide according to your preferences and/or user profile. Cookies are widely used on the Internet and have become an industry standard. Although a cookie cannot, in and of itself, identify you, it can identify your computer. Your browser is most likely set up to accept cookies automatically. If you'd like to disable this feature you may do so by adjusting the options or preferences in your browser. However, by doing so, you will lose some of the functionality of Children's Progress' web pages.

IP Addresses. An IP address is a number that is automatically assigned to your computer whenever you begin service with an Internet Service Provider. Children's Progress collects IP addresses for the purposes of system administration and to audit the use of our site. Each time you log onto our site and each time you request one of our pages, our server logs your IP address. Although we log your session with us, we will not normally link your IP address to anything that can enable us to identify you. However, we can and will use IP addresses to identify a user when we feel it is necessary to enforce compliance with our rules or terms of service or to protect our service, site, users or others.

Children's Progress may require other information for tracking and/or verifying compliance with Children's Progress policies, as well as abiding by federal, state and local laws, and/or for editorial and feedback solicitation purposes. In addition, from time to time, we may use your information for new, unanticipated uses not previously disclosed in our privacy notice. If our information practices materially change at some time in the future, we will contact you (or post such change to the site) before we use your data for these new purposes. At that time we would notify you of the policy change and provide you with the ability to opt-in or opt out of these new uses. If you are concerned about how your information is used, please periodically check our site, especially this privacy policy.

Policies for children under 13 years of age

We understand that our student users who are under 13 years of age need special safeguards and privacy protection and it is our intent to fully comply with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act. In addition, we realize that children may not understand all the provisions of our policy or be able to make thoughtful decisions about the choices available to adult members. For this reason, we have special privacy policies to protect students and children using areas on the service specifically designed for them. However, we urge all parents, teachers and classroom administrators to teach their children and/or students about protecting their personal information while online. A good starting point for learning about children's privacy online is the United States Federal Trade Commission privacy section. It is important to understand that only certain portions of our site are intended for or directed at children under the age of 13 years old. No personal information in these or any other areas should be submitted to, or posted by, students under 13 years of age without the consent and guidance of their parent or guardian.

We have agreed that when attempting to collect or use personally identifiable information from children under 13, we will:

  • Get parental consent (for example, by sending in a permission form by regular mail or by fax, or by email where permitted by regulations in effect April 21, 2000) before collecting, using, or distributing to third parties a child's name, address, school, telephone numbers or other personally identifiable information or third party personally identifiable information from children under 13. We will not share children's information with third parties.
  • Get parental consent before giving the child access to services that allow the child to publicly post or distribute personally identifiable information or third party personally identifiable information.
  • Use online contact information for the child (such as an email address) a) only once to respond to a specific request from the child; b) in order to request the name or online contact information of a parent in order to get parental consent or provide parental notification; and c) to respond more than once directly to a specific request from the child and not to contact the child beyond the scope of that request. When the information is used to contact the child more than once, reasonable efforts will be taken to provide parental notification.
  • Not entice a child or student by offering a special game, prize, or other activity to give more information than is needed to participate in that activity.
  • Provide the child's or student's parent, upon request, with a) a description of the specific types of personally identifiable information or third party personally identifiable information collected from the child or student and allow the parent to refuse further use or future online collection of personally identifiable information or third party personally identifiable information from the child or student; and b) a means that is reasonable under the circumstances for the parent to obtain any personally identifiable information or third party personally identifiable Information collected from the child.
  • Provide prominent notice to the child describing what personally identifiable information or third party personally identifiable information will be collected, and explain the need for the child to get parental consent before giving information.
  • Maintain reasonable security procedures to protect the child's personally identifiable information or third party personally identifiable information collected through the site from the child.
  • Ensure that no information collected from guests under 13 years of age is knowingly used for any marketing or promotional purposes whatsoever, either inside or outside Children's Progress except as explicitly stated during registration for contests or promotions (and in that case, the information collected is used only for the specific contest or promotion). In addition, although guests under 13 years of age may be allowed to participate in some contests and promotions, if such a guest wins, notification and prizes are sent to the parents or guardians identified in the initial registration process. Publication of contest winners names, ages, or images for individuals under 13 require parental or guardian consent.

If you have questions or concerns regarding this statement, you should first contact us by e-mail at privacy@childrensprogress.com.

How to access your user information

Upon request via email, we will provide you with access to any other unique identifying information (e.g., user ID or password) that we maintain about you. This might include transaction information, communications that you have directed to our site and contact information. Logged-in visitors can update their information. Via email request to us, you also have the ability to have any inaccuracies corrected in your contact information as further described below.

How to change your user information

In case you change your mind or some of your personal information changes (such as your billing information), we encourage you to correct, update or remove the personal data that you have given to us. You can do this by e-mailing us at privacy@childrensprogress.com.

When we may be forced to disclose

Children's Progress may disclose user information in special cases when we have reason to believe that disclosing this information is necessary to identify, contact or bring legal action against someone who may be causing injury to or interference with (either intentionally or unintentionally) Children's Progress' rights or property or anyone else that could be harmed by such activities. Children's Progress may also disclose user information when we believe in good faith that the law requires it.

Opting out and opting in

We here at Children's Progress believe that you should have the ability to opt-in or opt-out, as the case may be, of certain uses of their personal information. Thus, where you see a box allowing you to "opt-in" or "opt-out" of us using your information for its clearly designated purpose, we ask you to do so if you so desire. We believe this policy will keep you in full control of your personal information and the communications directed to you. If at any time you object to such use for any reason, you may stop that use either by email request to . To unsubscribe from a Children's Progress email list, please contact: privacy@childrensprogress.com.

Links to other sites

Linking to other sites is an integral part of the functionality of the Internet and therefore of the Children's Progress Site. Any link to a page which displays a URL of a non-Children's Progress site in the address window of your browser, is a link to a site outside of our service. These other sites may send their own cookies to you, collect data or solicit personal information. Although we monitor the sites that we link to and make every attempt to ensure their quality, we cannot guarantee and are not responsible for the content of outside sites. Please keep in mind that whenever you give out personal information on other web sites, for example via message boards or chat, that information can be collected and used by people you don't know. While Children's Progress strives to protect our visitors' personal information and privacy, we cannot guarantee the security and privacy of any information you disclose at other web sites and you do so at your own risk.

Email links

We use email links located on our "contact us" pages to allow you to contact us directly with any questions or comments you may have.
We read every message sent in and try to reply promptly to every one. This information is used to respond directly to your questions or comments. We may also file your comments to improve the site and program, or review and discard the information. Your personal information is only shared with third parties with your explicit permission.

Security

This site has security measures in place to protect the loss, misuse and alteration of the information under our control. Childrensprogress.com is protected by industry standard "secure socket layer" (SSL) technology. SSL is evident in the image of a lock shown usually at the bottom of your screen. Our database server has a backup system to prevent loss of data. Only Children's Progress staff are allowed to access or alter any information stored at Children's Progress. This website takes every precaution to protect our users' information. When users submit sensitive information via the website, your information is protected both online and off-line.

When our users are asked to enter sensitive information, that information is encrypted and is protected with the best encryption software in the industry - SSL. While on a secure page, the lock icon on the bottom of Web browsers such as Netscape Navigator and Microsoft Internet Explorer becomes locked, as opposed to un-locked, or open, when you are just 'surfing'. While we use SSL encryption to protect sensitive information online, we also do everything in our power to protect user-information off-line. Our company regularly updates employees on privacy issues via email and verbal announcements. Only authorized employees have access to sensitive information online. Only employees who need the information to perform a specific function have access to customers' personally identifiable information.

To help protect your account, please keep your password secure. We suggest that you pick a non-obvious password and one that mixes numbers and letters. In addition, we recommend that you do not divulge your password to anyone. Children's Progress will never ask you for your password in an unsolicited phone call or email. Ultimately, you are responsible for maintaining the secrecy of your passwords and any account information.

Remember to log out of your Children's Progress registered user account and close your browser window whenever you leave your computer. This is to ensure that others cannot access your personal information, because your computer may be accessible to others or used in a shared setting such as a school computer lab, library or classroom.
Children's Progress's policy does not extend to anything that is inherent in the operation of the Internet, and therefore beyond Children's Progress's control, and is not to be applied in any manner contrary to applicable law or governmental regulation.

Legal disclaimer

We may disclose personal information when required by law or in the good-faith belief that such action is necessary in order to conform to the edicts of the law or comply with a legal process served on our Web site.

Notification of changes

We will notify you directly via email if there is a material change in our privacy practices. We will also post the changes in our privacy statement 30 days prior to a change.

Your acceptance of these terms

By using this site, you indicate your assent to the Children's Progress Privacy Policy and the Terms of Use. If you do not agree with these policies, please refrain from using our site. Your continued use of the Children's Progress Site following a reasonable notice of changes to these terms will mean you accept those changes.