DIRECT NOTICE TO PARENTS
Under the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”), Online G3 must provide prior notice to and obtain parent/legal guardian consent prior to collecting, using, or disclosing personal information from children under age 13. In order to provide services and communicate online with the child, Online G3 has collected or will collect the child’s contact information directly from the child. Online G3 has also collected or will collect the parent’s online contact information in order to notify the parent that the child has registered to receive multiple online communications from Online G3.
To provide educational services to the child, Online G3 would like to collect personal information from the child. Parental consent is required for the collection, use, and disclosure of the information.
I.Types of Information Collected
Online G3 collects and maintains information provided by its students on its website. Some of this information collected may be personally identifiable information. The kinds of information collected by Online G3 from children include a child’s full name, online pseudonym or username, email address, date of birth, gender, billing address, and photographs, videos, or audio files which may contain the child’s image or voice. Personal information is collected directly from the child and directly from the parent.
There is also information about a student’s computer hardware and software that is automatically collected by Online G3. This information can include: an IP address, browser type, domain names, access times and referring web site addresses. This information is used by Online G3 for the operation of the service and to maintain quality of the service.
Once a student has enrolled to take classes with Online G3, Online G3 creates an account in its online course management system. Students have access to their account and can edit their account information, which may include the personal information listed above.
Online G3 does not require a child to disclose more information than is reasonably necessary to participate in Online G3’s services.
II. Use of Information and Sharing Information
Online G3 uses the information collected solely for purposes of offering and providing interactive and educational online classes to students. Online G3 does not sell any personal information collected from students.
Online G3 discloses personal information collected from students to third parties to set up student accounts to use the third party educational services. The kinds of businesses to whom Online G3 discloses personal student information includes, but is not limited to: (1) Moodle, a web application that provides an open-source learning platform; (2) Adobe Connect, a webinar and virtual classroom software program; (3) Discovery Education, which provides interactive content and services including videos; (4) VoiceThread, a web-based communications network; (5) BrainPOP, an educational video program; (6) Code.org, an online computer science lesson coursework program; (7) TreeRing, a program for creating yearbooks online, and (8) Youth Leadership Initiative, an electronic student congress system.
Online G3 will also disclose the student’s information, if required to do so by law. Online G3 will not trade, sell, rent, lease, or otherwise share the student’s information to anyone, or let anyone use it except if the student and the parent have authorized its use.
The parent of the child has the option to agree to the collection and use of the child’s information without consenting to the disclosure of the information to third parties and with the knowledge that exercising such option may affect the child’s ability to participate in the third party educational services.
III. Parental Discretion
Online G3 will not require a child to disclose more information than is reasonably necessary to participate in Online G3’s services. At any time, parents and legal guardians have the right to determine how their child’s personal information will be used in the following ways:
- The parent(s)/legal guardian(s) can review their child’s personal information;
- The parent(s)/legal guardian(s) can direct Online G3 to delete the personal information;
- The parent(s)/legal guardian(s) can refuse to allow any further collection or use of the child’s information; and/or
- The parent(s)/legal guardian(s) can agree to the collection and use of their child’s information, but choose not to allow disclosure to third parties.
If parent(s)/legal guardian(s) refuse to allow any further collection or use of the child’s information or the disclosure of personal information to third parties, it is with the understanding that the child may be limited in his or her participation in Online G3’s educational services.
To request any of the actions described above, the parent must submit a written request by email to Online G3 at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If the parent does not provide consent within a reasonable time from the date the direct notice was sent, Online G3 will delete the parent’s online contact obtained to get verifiable parental consent from its records.