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