The National Center for Families Learning respects your privacy. Any information gathered on the site is for the express purpose of determining how families are using the site to further learning together. You may always choose whether to enter any personal information. Any information collected will not be sold, under any circumstances, to any third party.
Types of Information We Collect
Data collected through one or more collection points on our web site and/or owned social and digital properties may be aggregated and used for internal research purposes.
The Camp Wonderopolis registration form includes the following required fields to enjoy all features and opportunities throughout Camp:
Additional optional entry form fields (fields not required to participate) include:
Throughout Camp, we also encourage users to submit video, photo, and text posts to the Wonder Wall, a virtual bulletin board for Camp activities. All Wonder Wall submissions are monitored and approved by NCFL before publishing and any content deemed offensive or inappropriate will be immediately deleted. When Campers under the age of 13 make a post to the Wonder Wall, a notification email is sent to the parent/guardian email address with the following information:
2. How We Collect the Information
3. Use of Your Information by National Center for Families Learning (NCFL)
The National Center for Families Learning will be the data controller for your information. Trusted contracted service providers may have access to your information where they perform services on behalf of the data controller (as a data processor) and, unless prohibited under applicable law, for use on their own behalf (as a data controller) for the following purposes:
4. Sharing Your Information with Third Parties
We will not share your personal information outside the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) except in limited circumstances, including:
Camp Wonderopolis allows Campers to be connected to a Counselor to support shared learning and the work of learning programs. To be connected to a Counselor, a Camper (or Camper's parent/guardian, for those under 13) will receive an email notification asking to connect with a specific Counselor. Once connected, the Counselor will be able to view the following information about the Camper:
Counselors will not be able to access a Camper's personal information, including:
5. Your Controls and Choices
We provide you the ability to exercise certain controls and choices regarding our collection, use and sharing of your information. In accordance with local law, your controls and choices may include:
You may exercise your controls and choices, or request access to your personal information, by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org, or following instructions provided in communications sent to you. Please be aware that, if you do not allow us to collect personal information from you, we may not be able to deliver certain products and services to you, and some of our services may not be able to take account of your interests and preferences. If you have questions regarding the specific personal information about you that we process or retain, please contact email@example.com.
6. Children's Privacy
We recognize the need to provide further privacy protections with respect to personal information we may collect from children on our sites and applications. Some of the features on our sites and applications are age-gated so that they are not available for use by children, and we do not knowingly collect personal information from children in connection with those features. When we intend to collect personal information from children, we take additional steps to protect children's privacy, including:
7. Data Security, Integrity, and Retention
8. Policy Changes
The National Center for Families Learning reserves the right to make changes to the policies of this website at any time. Any policy updates will apply to everyone using the website and will replace prior policies.
1. The Information We Collect From Children, How We Use It, and How and When We Communicate With Parents
Wonderopolis offers to its users a range of sites and applications, created as resources for parents and educators to encourage Wonder and shared learning. Our digital properties offer a variety of activities, including activities that may collect information from children. Below we summarize potential instances of collection and outline how and when we will provide parental notice and/or seek parental consent. In any instance that we collect personal information from a child, we will retain that information only so long as reasonably necessary to fulfill the activity request or allow the child to continue to participate in the activity, and ensure the security of our users and our services, or as required by law. In the event we discover we have collected information from a child in a manner inconsistent with COPPA's requirements, we will either delete the information or immediately seek the parent's consent for that collection.
Children can, in many cases, register with our sites and applications to view content, play games, participate in contests, and engage in special features, among other things. During the registration process, we may ask the child to provide certain information for notification and security purposes, including a parent or guardian's email address, the child's first name and gender, the child's member or account username, and password. We also may ask for birth dates from children to validate their ages. We advise children never to provide any personal information in their usernames. Please note that children can choose whether to share their information with us, but certain features cannot function without it. As a result, children may not be able to access certain features if required information has not been provided. We will not require a child to provide more information than is reasonably necessary in order to participate in an online activity.
About the collection of parent email address: Consistent with the requirements of COPPA, on any child-targeted site or application, or in any instance where we ask for age and determine the user is age 12 or under, we will ask for a parent or guardian email address before we collect any personal information from the child. If you believe your child is participating in an activity that collects personal information and you or another parent/guardian have NOT received an email providing notice or seeking your consent, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will not use parent emails provided for parental consent purposes to market to the parent, unless the parent has expressly opted in to email marketing or has separately participated in an activity that allows for such email contact.
Content Generated by a Child
Certain activities on our sites and applications allow children to create or manipulate content and post it publicly (such as on the Wonder Wall). Some of these activities do not require children to provide any personal information and therefore may not result in notice to the parent or require parental consent. If an activity potentially allows a child to insert personal information in their created content, we will either pre-screen the submission to delete any personal information, or we will seek verifiable parental consent by email for the collection. Examples of created content that may include personal information are posts (text, photos, and videos) to the Wonder Wall and Camp Diary posts. Since the Wonder Wall is available for public view, all Wonder Wall submissions are monitored and approved by NCFL before publishing, and any content deemed offensive or inappropriate will be immediately deleted. When Campers under the age of 13 make a post to the Wonder Wall, a notification email is sent to the parent/guardian email address with the following information:
About Verifiable Parental Consent
Email Consent. In the event NCFL wishes to collect personal information from a child, COPPA requires that we first seek a parent or guardian's consent by email. In the email we will explain what information we are collecting, how we plan to use it, how the parent can provide consent, and how the parent can revoke consent. If we do not receive parental consent within a reasonable time, we will delete the parent contact information and any other information collected from the child in connection with that activity.
Teacher consent in lieu of a parent. With regard to school-based activities, COPPA allows teachers and school administrators to act in the stead of parents to provide consent for the collection of personal information from children. Schools should always notify parents about these activities. For more information on parental rights with respect to a child's educational record under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), please visit the FERPA site.
Contests and Sweepstakes
Some contests and sweepstakes require only information necessary for a child to participate, such as first name (to distinguish among family members) and parent email address (to notify the parent where required by law). We only contact the parent for more personalized information for prize-fulfillment purposes when the child wins the contest or sweepstakes. Other contests and sweepstakes ask the child to submit their own created content along with the child's entry. In those instances, we may require parental consent prior to submission. Please see Content Generated by a Child above for more information on our collection, notice, and consent policies.
Email Contact with a Child
On occasion, in order to respond to a question or request from a child, NCFL may need to ask for the child's online contact information, such as an email address. NCFL will delete this information immediately after responding to the question or request.
In connection with certain activities or services, we may collect a child's online contact information, such as an email address, in order to communicate with the child more than once. In such instances we will retain the child's online contact information to honor the request and for no other purpose such as marketing. One example would be a newsletter that provides occasional updates about a site, game, contest, or activity. Whenever we collect a child's online contact information for ongoing communications, we will simultaneously require a parent email address in order to notify the parent about the collection and use of the child's information, as well as to provide the parent an opportunity to prevent further contact with the child. On some occasions a child may be engaged in more than one ongoing communication, and a parent may be required to "opt-out" of each communication individually.
Push notifications are notifications on mobile and other devices that are typically associated with downloaded applications, and which can communicate to the device holder even when the application is not in use. We will require a child to provide a parent email address before the child can receive push notifications from our child-directed applications that collect a device identifier. We will then provide the parent with notice of our contact with the child and will provide the parent the opportunity to prevent further notifications. Finally, we will not associate the device identifier with other personal information without contacting the parent to get consent.
If a child-directed NCFL site or application collects geolocation information that is specific enough to equate to the collection of a street address, we will first seek parental consent via email.
In the event we collect (or allow others to collect) such information from children on our sites and applications for other purposes, we will notify parents and obtain consent prior to such collection.
Please contact us at the mailing address, email, or phone number below with questions about the operators' privacy policies and collection and use practices:
National Center for Families Learning
325 West Main Street, Suite 300
Louisville, KY 40202
United States of America
2. When Information Collected From Children Is Available To Others
In addition to those rare instances where a child's personal information is posted publicly (after receiving parental consent), we also may share or disclose personal information collected from children in a limited number of instances, including the following:
3. Parental Choices and Controls
At any time, parents can refuse to permit us to collect further personal information from their children in association with a particular account, and can request that we delete from our records the personal information we have collected in connection with that account. Please keep in mind that a request to delete records may lead to a termination of an account, membership, or other service.
Where a child has registered for a Camp Wonderopolis account, we use two methods to allow parents to access, change, or delete the personally identifiable information that we have collected from their children:
In any correspondence such as e-mail or mail, please include the child's username and the parent's email address and telephone number. To protect children's privacy and security, we will take reasonable steps to help verify a parent's identity before granting access to any personal information.