Children's Privacy Policy

COMMON SENSE MEDIA’S CHILDREN’S PRIVACY POLICY

Our Site provides a forum for all family members, including children, to express their views about movies, books, TV, games, websites, apps and music. While we encourage children to participate appropriately in the Site, the privacy of children’s personal information is extremely important to us. This Children’s Privacy Policy explains our information collection, disclosure, and parental consent practices with respect to information provided by children under the age of 13 (“child” or “children”), and uses terms that are defined in our Privacy Policy. This policy is in accordance with the U.S. Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”).

A. How We Collect and Use Information from Children

Children can explore the Site, and can view and print reviews, comments, ratings and other content without providing any personal information other than the automatic collection of device “persistent identifiers,” as discussed in greater detail below. In general, our Site only collects limited personal information about a child if the child registers to become a Member of our Site or submits a question or request to us.

Site Registration Process. If a child wants to register to become a Member of our Site, we require the child to submit the following information:

  • User name (the child is advised not to use his or her real name);
  • Password;
  • Birth month and year.

We also require the child to provide a parent’s email address. We use the parent’s email address to seek parental consent for the child registering with our Site and to explain what information we are collecting, how we plan to use it, and how the parent can revoke consent or request at any time that we remove the account and delete any personal information collected from the child (including the parental contact information). If the parent does not consent, we delete the information submitted by the child. If you believe your child is participating in an activity that collects personal information and you or another parent/guardian have NOT consented, or if you no longer wish for your child to participate as a Member of the Site, please feel free to contact us at privacy@commonsensemedia.org, and we will delete your child’s account and the parental contact information.

We may use information collected from children during the Site registration process in the following manner:

  • We may use this information (such as user name and password) to create and maintain the child’s account on our Site;
  • We use the child’s birth month and year to determine the child’s current age and we post the age next to any posted reviews or comments. We do not post the child’s user name or any other personal information.

Reviews and Other Site Activities. Additionally, the child may choose to write and post reviews on the Site, such as reviews of movies, games, websites, TV, books, apps and music. We encourage parents to discuss with their children why they should NEVER include personal information in reviews posted to the Site. Children also may participate in other Site activities, such as posting comments on our articles, participating in surveys and polls, and participating in other online activities. As discussed in our Privacy Policy, all Members, including children, have the ability to delete their postings to the Site. Members can delete their postings by logging into their accounts, viewing the review or comment, and clicking the “delete” button.  Or, a Member can send an email requesting deletion to privacy@commonsensemedia.org, noting user name, date of the review or comment, and title of media type reviewed. (Parents may also delete children’s postings or other information, as described in Section D.) It is possible that deleted reviews or comments will remain in our system (such as in backups of the Site’s data), but they will not be visible on the Site.

Responding to a Child’s Question or Request. If a child sends us a question or request, we may use the child’s email address or other personal information provided by the child solely for purposes of responding to that one-time request.

Persistent Identifiers. When children interact with the Site, certain technical information may automatically be collected, both to make our Site more interesting and useful and for various purposes related to our business. Examples of information that is automatically collected include: the type of computer operating system, the device’s IP address or mobile device identifier, the web browser, the frequency with which the child visits various parts of our sites or applications, and information regarding the online or mobile service provider. This information is collected using technologies such as cookies, flash cookies, web beacons, and other unique identifiers (which we define under the “Cookies and Other Technologies” section of our general Privacy Policy). This information may be collected by us or by a third party. Persistent identifier information is used by Common Sense Media for the sole purpose of providing support for the internal operations of the Site, in order to:

  • Provide children with access to certain Site features; and
  • Enable us to conduct research and analysis to address the performance of the Site.

If we collect such information from children on the Site for other purposes, we will notify parents and obtain consent prior to such collection.

As noted in our Privacy Policy, we work with third parties who perform site analytics and provide services to keep your user experience on the Site free of spam. The following is a list of our third-party service providers who may collect persistent identifiers or use cookies. Some of these third parties may use this information for other purposes.

B. What Information Submitted By Children Is Viewable On the Site?

We strictly limit the information that is publicly viewable about a Member who is known to be a child. When a child posts a review or comment on the Site, only the child’s age is posted on the Site, along with the content of the child’s posting. The child’s user name is not posted with this submitted content on our Site. Although the child may create a Profile for his or her account (which includes only a user name, password, birth month and year, and parent’s email address), no portion of the child’s Profile other than the child’s age would be publicly viewable, but Common Sense Media’s employees, service providers, and other agents may have access to a child’s complete Profile.

C. What Information About Children Is Shared?

We do not disclose to third parties any children’s personal information that we collect other than (a) with a parent’s written permission, (b) as required by any applicable law, or (c) to third-party service providers who help us operate the Site, as described in the Privacy Policy, (d) as part of aggregated data shared with third-party service providers, our Board of Directors, funders and other partners, as described in the Privacy Policy, (e) to comply with legal process, (f) to respond to governmental requests, (g) to enforce our Terms of Service, (h) to protect our operations, (i) for assistance in fraud detection and prevention; (j) to protect the rights, privacy, safety or property of Common Sense Media, your child or others, (k) to permit us to pursue available remedies or limit the damages that we may sustain, and (l) in connection with a substantial business transaction, such as the sale of the Site, a merger, consolidation, asset sale or bankruptcy.

D. How May Parents Access, Change or Delete Information About Their Child?

Parents may at any time access or change their child’s personal information that we have collected by clicking on the child’s “My Account” link. If desired, parents may notify us of their election to refuse further collection of personal information from their child, in which case, the child’s account will be deleted. Parents may make these changes by clicking on the child’s “My Account” link and making the appropriate changes, by contacting us at privacy@commonsensemedia.org, or by writing to us at the address provided below.

E. How May Parents Raise Other Questions or Concerns?

If a parent has any questions or concerns about his or her child’s participation in the Site, we encourage the parent to contact us at privacy@commonsensemedia.org, or write to us at the following address:

Privacy Department
Common Sense Media
650 Townsend Street, Ste. 435
San Francisco, CA 94103