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The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act requires that children
under the age of 13 secure parental consent before submitting personal
information to any Web site. For students who participate in an EdEquity
dialogue through a school or other group, we ask the teachers or organization
coordinator to let us know the ages of the students, and we require parental
consent forms for all students under the age of 13. Children under the
age of 13 who subscribe to EdEquity directly are not permitted to participate
in this listserv until we receive a signed and dated consent form from
that child’s parent or legal guardian. If you are under the age of 13
and wish to subscribe to EdEquity, please contact the EdEquity moderator
to have the form forwarded to you and your parents.
moderator at Education Development Center, Inc., 55 Chapel Street, Newton,
MA 02458-1060 (800-225-3088 or WEEActr@edc.org).
Type of Information Collected
We do not attempt to collect information about individual children
who serve on EdEquity panels apart from their name and the name of the
school or organization that is coordinating the group through which they
are participating. However, if messages are sent to us from a child, forwarded
to us, or if a child subscribes directly to EdEquity, we will also collect
electronic mail addresses.
It is possible that during the course of normal correspondence between
students and subscribers that children will divulge additional personal
information. All correspondence to and from a child will be retained by
the EdEquity moderator, and we will provide access to the available information
regarding a child under 13 years of age if her or his parent so requests.
How Information Is Used
Postings to the EdEquity listserv are archived and can be accessed
by the public. These postings include the name and e-mail address of the
person who posted the message. The moderator of EdEquity will suppress
the last name and e-mail address of postings we know or suspect to be
from children under the age of 13. Any information we collect from children
is used strictly within our project to facilitate online discussions on
topics related to educational equity. The information is shared among
the participants in the project and project staff. We ask teachers and
group coordinators to keep children’s contact information private. The
information is not disclosed to third parties.
The parents of any child participating in an EdEquity dialogue can
review the child’s personal information at any time, ask in writing to
have it deleted, and refuse to allow any further collection or use of
the child’s information by contacting the WEEA staff.