Children’s Online Privacy

We do not knowingly solicit data from or market to children under the age of 13. The only exceptions are our Discovery blog, which highlights our archaeology program for children and our Electronic Field Trip forum for registered schools where e-mail addresses are collected to verify registration.

The Discovery blog offers a variety of activities, including activities that may collect information from children under 13. Children can register to view and upload content and comments, participate in contests and engage in special features, among other things. During the registration process, the child will be asked 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 require verifiable written consent from parents or legal guardian before a child under the age of 13 will be permitted to participate on Discovery!.

Consistent with the requirements of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), we will ask for a parent’s or guardian’s email address before we collect any personal information from a child 13 or younger. 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 from Colonial Williamsburg providing notice or seeking your consent, please feel free to contact us at [email protected]. We will not use emails provided for parental consent purposes to market to parents, unless the parent has expressly opted in to email marketing or has separately participated in an activity that allows for such email contact.

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.

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
Attn: Discovery Blog
P. O. Box 1776
Williamsburg, VA 23187-1776

E-mail: [email protected]

Once uploaded, photos and display names are viewable by visitors to the site and via public search engines.  If a child signs up to contribute content, we will use the parent’s email address to send emails about the child’s activity on Discovery!, including an account activation email and emails when children successfully upload photos or comments or attempt to submit photos or comments that are deemed unacceptable under our guidelines. We require users to choose Discovery! usernames and display names that do not include personally identifiable information, such as their real name, phone number, or address. No material will be posted to the Discovery! site without our prior review and approval.

Offline Information: We do not collect personally identifiable offline contact information from children.

Third Party Distribution: We do not distribute to third parties any personally identifiable information from children.

Electronic Postcards: Although senders must furnish an e-mail address to send electronic postcards, we do not save e-mail addresses on our servers when children send e-postcards from the “Kids Zone.” Also, these e-mail addresses are not distributed to third parties or used for any other purpose.

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