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Privacy Policy Updated: September 22, 2014

At VocabularySpellingCity.com, we consider children's safety--which is related to privacy--to be all-important.

Our site complies with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act "COPPA" and "COPPA II", which you may read about here.

Please read this Privacy Policy carefully because it describes our privacy practices and helps distinguish our service from others which have different policies. If you have questions or comments on our policy, we would very much like to hear from you using the contact us function on the website


Identity of Registrants

SpelllingCity.com and the SpellingCity Apps on iOS and Android provide vocabulary and spelling practice. The VocabularySpellingCity system is designed for teachers and parents to assign literacy study exercises, to register their students (if they are paid Premium Members), and if they are Premium Members, to track their students activities and progress. To maximize privacy and security, we require teachers and parents to set up accounts if they wish to post word lists or comments. In addition, we verify each user with a verification email that assures that the email that they registered under is actually available to them. This does not verify identity beyond the confirmation of the email.

You should be aware that if you register for an account as a parent or educator, your name and username become viewable by the public. VocabularySpellingCity.com has no method for verifying whether someone who registers as a teacher at a particular school is truly that teacher or works at that school.

Therefore it is possible for a person to register and post while posing as a teacher or parent when they are not actually a teacher or parent. It is common on the internet for people to register using false information about themselves. On at least one occasion, someone (a student or someone else) has posed as a particular teacher to post a "spoof" list and/or comments.

All VocabularySpellingCity.com users should be aware of this possibility and take appropriate precautions. When made aware of a fraudulent account, VocabularySpellingCity.com will take measures to ban that user. However, these measures are limited to closing the particular account and banning future registrations using the particular email.


Appropriateness


VocabularySpellingCity.com has taken a number of measures to prevent the posting of profanity or other objectionable language on our website. For instance, we automatically drop known profane terms from all lists and activities. Also, we do not include body parts on the list of words in our library. However, no protective measures can be fool-proof.


Supervision


Children on the internet should be closely supervised and instructed about security, and this is the parent's responsibility. We recommend that parents provide the following information to all children: Kids' Rules for Online Safety.


Display of Registrant Identify

VocabularySpellingCity.com is a web 2.0 social media-type service which includes user-generated content in terms of posted word lists and discussions on the forum. While the forum is moderated, the problems of misinformation, false identities and other risks typical of the internet in its current state also exist on VocabularySpellingCity.com. You are advised that when you register with VocabularySpellingCity, your name and username will be displayed on the VocabularySpellingCity website associated with your selected school and will be viewable by people and by automated systems, such as the automated indexing software utilized by Google, Yahoo, and Bing.

VocabularySpellingCity.com does not disclose user personal information to outside parties

(except as described above). VocabularySpellingCity.com will not sell or share email addresses with any outside group. VocabularySpellingCity.com has appropriate security measures in place to safeguard against unauthorized access to the personal information collected at our Web site, including limiting the number of people who have physical access to our database servers, as well as electronic security systems and password protections. We only store passwords in an encrypted format. We do not store any credit card information.

What about the collection of information by third parties?

Our web site contains links to web sites not maintained by VocabularySpellingCity.com. The privacy and data collection practices on any linked web sites are entirely separate from those of VocabularySpellingCity.com and are not covered by this Privacy Policy. We cannot guarantee that student users will not go to another site where personal information from them is solicited. VocabularySpellingCity does have advertising on the site viewed by the free users and takes measures to maintain the appropriateness of the advertising material to the audience of VocabularySpellingCity. Google's Adsense service is our primary supplier of advertising Google's activities includes placing "cookies" on user computers in order to track user movement through various websites on the internet. VocabularySpellingCity is compliant with COPPA II which does not allow the display of ads based on user interests.

What is a cookie?

A cookie is information a Web site puts on your computer's hard drive so that the site can remember your preferences or which pages you visited on that site.

We use third-party advertising companies to serve ads when you visit our Web site. These companies may use aggregated information (not including your name, address, email address or telephone number) about your visits to this and other Web sites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to you. If you would like more information about this practice and to know your choices about not having this information used by these companies, click here.

What security measures do we take?

VocabularySpellingCity.com takes reasonable steps to ensure that all information received from our online visitors remains as secure as possible against unauthorized access and use. All personal information provided by customers is kept in our secure database and is protected by our security measures, which are periodically reviewed. Remember that no data transmission over the internet is 100% secure and any information disclosed online can potentially be collected and used by parties other than the intended recipient.

Children's Privacy Guidelines

VocabularySpellingCity.com exists to serve educators, parents and students and strives to provide a safe, positive experience for children. To ensure this, we adhere to the following policies:

  1. We do not collect online contact information directly from children.
  2. We do not distribute any personally identifiable information about children to third parties.
  3. We do not allow students to publicly post or distribute personally identifiable contact information without prior parental consent.
  4. We try to avoid providing access to any web sites that request personal information, such as user email or physical addresses.
  5. We do not use the prospect of a special game, prize or other activity, to entice children to divulge more information than is needed to participate in the activity.

Your use of this site is conditioned on and deemed to constitute your acceptance of these terms. You should return to and review this policy frequently, since it is subject to modification from time to time without notice, and your continued use of the site is conditioned upon and deemed to constitute your acceptance of any such modifications.

VocabularySpellingCity.com's mission is to maximize the educational value of this website and its usefulness to educators, parents and students.

Registration by teachers or parents with VocabularySpellingCity.com includes an option to receive periodic email updates about VocabularySpellingCity and other services and products that might be of interest. VocabularySpellingCity is supported in part by Time4Learning.com and Time4Writing.com. Time4Learning.com is an online learning service popular as a homeschool curriculum, for afterschool supplementary education, and for summer skills sharpening. Time4Writing.com provides unique online services that help students learning to write.

Notice to California Residents: Your California Privacy Rights

Effective January 1, 2005, California Civil Code Section 1798.83 permits our customers who are California residents to request certain information regarding our disclosure of personal information to third parties for their direct marketing purposes. To make such a request, please write to us at:

VocabularySpellingCity.com
Attention: California Privacy Rights Request
6300 NE 1st Ave, Ste 203
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33334
[email protected]

 
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