Meridian Education Privacy Agreement
The following policy applies to the meridianeducation.info site.
Meridian is committed to protecting the privacy and security of its online visitors. This policy statement provides our visitors (e.g., parents, teachers, and children) with an overview of the measures we have taken to provide a safe environment for everyone.
PERSONALLY IDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION
We only collect personally identifiable information from our visitors when such visitors voluntarily submit such information.
We do not collect personally identifiable information from children under the age of 13 without first obtaining verifiable parental consent, unless we only use such information to: (1) obtain parental consent or provide parents with notice; (2) respond directly on a one-time basis to a child's specific request; (3) respond more than once to a child's specific request along with providing parental notice of such use; (4) protect the safety of a child; or (5) comply with legal requirements. The consent and notification process mentioned above gives parents the ability to let us know if they do not want us to make further use of the personally identifiable information we have collected from their child.
We consider the following, among other things, to be personally identifiable information: first and last name, e-mail address, street address and phone number. We may request such personally identifiable information from children in connection with our contests, sweepstakes, games, surveys, forums, subscription registrations, content submissions, classroom activities, requests for suggestions, and visitors' requests for free products, services (such as our magazines) or additional information, so that we can contact a winner, answer questions or requests, and fulfill orders. Unless we indicate otherwise, personally identifiable information from children under the age of 13 will be used solely by Meridian for internal purposes and will not be sold or otherwise transferred to third parties.
It is Meridian's policy never to post on its site, more than a child's first name and age.
There are many activities on the Meridian site that can be participated in without having to share personally identifiable information.
For those activities that require personally identifiable information, Meridian will not condition a person's participation in an activity on that person disclosing more personally identifiable information than is reasonably necessary to administer the activity.
In some areas of our site, we collect personally identifiable information from parents. We use the personally identifiable information that parents provide to us to customize the content on meridianeducation.info to parents' current and future needs. In addition, parents' personally identifiable information may be used to provide parents, via e-mail or other means, information about materials and activities that may be of interest to parents, including products or services of third parties. However, parents always have the opportunity to unsubscribe from any communication sent by us via e-mail if they choose to do so.
There are many activities on the Meridian site that are for teachers, which enable teachers to add another dimension to their classroom and students' activities.
We also use the personally identifiable information that teachers provide to us to customize the content on meridianeducation.info to teachers' current and future needs. In addition, teachers' personally identifiable information may be used to provide teachers, via e-mail or other means, information about materials and activities that may be of interest to teachers, including products or services of third parties. However, teachers always have the opportunity to unsubscribe from any communication sent by us via e-mail if they choose to do so.
Remember to be smart online. Do not give out your full name, e-mail address, home address, telephone number or any other personal information that would enable someone to contact you either online or offline, without first asking your parent or guardian for permission. Sometimes on our site we will ask you for your first name and e-mail address.
NON-PERSONALLY IDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION AND THE USE OF COOKIE TECHNOLOGY
We collect non-personally identifiable information through the use of a software technology called "cookies," and through our visitors' voluntary submissions to us and/or upon our request. By non-personally identifiable information, we are referring to information about our visitors' browsers (e.g., Netscape Navigator or Internet Explorer), operating systems (e.g., Windows or Macintosh), Internet service providers (e.g., AOL or NET.COM) and other similar information which we track in aggregate form. We also collect the following non-personally identifiable information in connection with content submissions and bulletin boards: first name only and age. The non-personally identifiable information that we track is anonymous and will never be identified with or lead us back to any of our visitors.
Cookie technology helps us to know how many people visit us and where visitors go on our site. Cookies are small bits of information we send to your computer. Among other things, this non-personally identifiable information allows us to know which areas are favorites, which areas need a bit of improvement, or what technologies and Internet services are being used by our visitors so that we may continually improve our visitors' online experiences.
LINKS TO OTHER SITES
Visitors will find links from meridianeducation.info to independently owned, controlled and/or managed World Wide Web or Internet sites whose content we have found of possible interest to our visitors. In many cases, but not always, the links represent cooperative projects or mutual links established with the organizations connected with these sites. While we initially visit these sites to which we directly link, please note that we do not monitor or control the content that appears on these sites and such content may be constantly changing. We recommend that children check with their parents or teachers before clicking off to any new sites, and we encourage all end users of meridianeducation.info to read the privacy policies of all linked sites before navigating through them.
Please note that we may revise our above policy as the content on our sites continues to change.
We hope that you enjoy exploring our site.
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