Young people need special safeguards and privacy protection. We realize they may not understand all the provisions of our policy or be able to make thoughtful decisions about the choices available to adult members. So we have special privacy practices to protect kids using areas on the service specifically designed for them, including the AOLKids. service. We urge all parents to educate their children about online safety and the need to protect their personal information.
AOLKids.com partners with select outside companies when offering additional areas designed for children. For a list of our children's partners and links to their privacy policies, please visit http://kids.aol.com/site-info/AOLKids-partners.
In areas on the service designed for children 12 and under, AOL and its partners require verifiable parental consent (for example, by sending in a permission form by regular mail or by fax) to collect or use names, addresses, telephone numbers or other information that identifies a child offline. In addition, for children to use screen names on the AOL service, we require parental (master account) consent at the time the subaccount screen name is created. We do this so that parents are aware of and consent to how their children may use their screen names; for example, using the screen name to request an online newsletter, to post a message on a message board or to participate in a chat room. Please read our Important Note to Parents to learn more about AOL's practices regarding children's online privacy.
To contact us with any questions about our Children's Privacy Practices:
AOL Children's Online Privacy
22000 AOL Way
Dulles, VA 20166-9302
IMPORTANT NOTE TO PARENTS
AOL Inc. ("AOL") is committed to complying fully with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998.
We encourage children to talk with their parents about the information any website is collecting and decide together what information to share. We also encourage parents to talk to their children about limiting the release of personal information to anyone that they do not know. Please read below to understand AOL's practices regarding children's online privacy.
There are two ways children 12 and under can obtain an AOL screen name. This note will outline each.
1) Screen Names Created on AOLKids.com:
AOLKids.com is AOL's special kids' service that features content and tools designed just for children on the Internet. AOLKids.com users can choose to register for a Screen Name to access certain services such as e-mail and instant messaging.
During registration for a AOLKids.com screen name, AOL collects information such as gender, birth date, and zip code. We also collect a credit card number in order to verify parental consent, but once the card has been verified, we do not maintain the number.
Please be aware that your child will also be able to use his or her AOLKids.com Screen Name to sign into other AOL properties, including the AOL service and other Screen Name Service enabled properties, to participate in a variety of interactive features which allow users to share personal information such as chat, message boards, commenting, and AOL Instant Messenger. When participating in these interactive features, your child's Screen Name is visible to others.
If you would prefer to limit your child's ability to use their Screen Name on general audience sites, you can do so by registering for a free AOL account and using the Parental Controls features. If, at any time, you no longer want your child to have a Screen Name through AOLKIDS or AOLKids.com, you may contact us by phone, e-mail, or postal mail.
2) Screen Names added to an existing AOL Account:
AOL offers parents the ability to use their master account to create separate screen names for each child (because one master account may have up to seven screen names). When creating a Screen Name for a child on AOL, a basic age category such as Kids Only must be selected. This allows the parent to customize AOL to their child's maturity level and content needs: Kids Only (recommended for children 12 and under); Young Teen (recommended for ages 13-15); or Mature Teen (recommended for ages 16-17). Each of the basic age categories has predefined limits for e-mail, Web, chat, and more. By using a Master Screen Name on an existing or new AOL membership, parents can create a AOLKIDS Screen Name and utilize AOL's Parental Controls to help set limits on what children can see and do while online. To register for a free AOL account, parents should visit http://free.aol.com. For certain AOL memberships, we may collect a credit card number in order to verify parental consent and, in this circumstance, we do not retain the number once the card has been verified.
To learn more about these age categories, please visit Parental Controls or AOL Keyword: Parental Controls.
If, at any time, you no longer want your child to have a Screen Name, you may delete it by going to AOL Keyword: Names and clicking on "Delete a Screen Name." If you have additional questions regarding your child's use of a Screen Name, you may contact us by phone, e-mail, or postal mail.
Notice and Choice for Parents on AOLKIDS and AOLKids.com
Your child may enter into a AOLKIDS or AOLKids.com contest or sweepstakes by providing his or her e-mail address. If your child enters such a contest or sweepstakes, we will e-mail you and provide a means for you to prevent your child from participating.
If your child signs up for the AOLKIDS newsletter or any other AOL newsletter by providing his or her e-mail address, you will receive an e-mail from AOLKIDS and you may stop this subscription at any time by following the instructions provided. Additionally, you can go to the AOLKIDS Newsletter and click "Unsubscribe" at the bottom of the page or notify us at firstname.lastname@example.org. To unsubscribe from other AOL newsletters, you can go to that specific newsletter and click "Unsubscribe" at the bottom of the page or notify us at email@example.com.
AOLKIDS and AOLKids.com will not entice children, by the prospect of a special game, prize, or other activity, to provide more information than is reasonably necessary to participate in an activity.
Parental Controls and Activity Reports
Public Use of E-mail Addresses
When creating a Screen Name for a child, please make sure that your child does not reveal personal information in their screen name (e.g., first and last name).
Generally, AOLKIDS and AOLKids.com will truncate a child's submitted Screen Name or e-mail address if the feature posts such information in a public area on AOLKIDS and AOLKids.com.
Kids Partners on AOL
AOL partners with select outside companies when offering additional areas designed for children. For a list of our children's content partners and links to their privacy policies, please visit http://kids.aol.com/site-info/AOLKids-partners.
If you have additional questions regarding your child's use of his or her Screen Name, you may contact us by phone, e-mail, or postal mail.
AOL Children's Online Privacy
22000 AOL Way
Dulles, VA 20166-9302