Children's Web Site Privacy Notice
Children's Information Received and Retained with Consent and Shared with Third Party
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 for the most part free to access the various features our site offers without disclosing any personal information. From time to time, however, we offer programs and activities such as "Kids in Action" and/or periodic contests that require children to disclose personal information in order to participate. Children will not be required to disclose any more personal information than is reasonably necessary to participate in the program or activity. Often, the information required will include the child's first and last name, age, address, email address, and parent or legal guardian's email address. However we will only use the child's name and age when posting stories, photos, or artwork.
Before children under age 13 will be permitted to disclose personal information to participate in any programs or activities, we require consent from a parent or legal guardian. In order to do this, we will ask the child to provide his or her first and last name and email address, as well as the email address of a parent or legal guardian. With this information, we will email the parent or legal guardian and request consent for the collection and use of the child's personal information. Parents or legal guardians may give their consent by completing an attached consent form and returning it by mail or facsimile. Parents or legal guardians may also choose to give consent simply by emailing us directly. If parents or legal guardians choose this option, we will verify their emailed consent by follow up letter, telephone call, or email. Once consent is given, the child will be permitted to participate.
School and/or church groups who wish to submit stories for "Kids in Action" must submit parent or legal guardian consent forms for each child mentioned or pictured in their group. Download the parental consent form.
ADRA International Headquarters
ATTN: ADRA for Kids
12501 Old Columbia Pike
Silver Spring, MD 20904
We will send parents an email when their child enters a "Kids in Action" story or contest. Parents will be given 5 days to consent to their child's entry. If we do not hear back from a parent we will assume that it is their desire to NOT have their child participate.
Besides sponsoring programs that require the disclosure of personal information for participation, we may also use special technology called "cookies." Cookies are test files that contain pieces of information that a Web site transfers to an individual's hard disk. They are useful for record-keeping purposes [and help us to tailor our Web site to the interests and needs of our visitors]. We do not in any way use this information to personally identify individual users.
We do not share personal information with third parties.