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Children's Privacy

Kids on the Net fully respects the privacy of all who visit our website, especially children.

All submissions to the Kids on the Net, Kids' Castle, Monster Motel and its sister sites are carefully monitored by our editors. Contributions are not automatically posted to the website: every one passes through an editing stage before it is okayed. We may refuse to publish any work submitted, and we may edit submitted material.

This is why it may take a few days for your contribution to reach the website.

Before we publish anything on the website we will remove any identifying personal information, such as postal addresses, physical descriptions, last names, phone numbers, names of teachers, etc. We strongly recommend that you submit only the minimum required information to any website including our own.

Copyright: Contributors retain the copyright of their submissions. Copyright statement

Information and writing submitted to Kids on the Net is used only for the purposes of creating and maintaining the website and downloadable educational resources.
We do not share email addresses with any other organisation or company. If you submit your email address it is used only for the purposes of telling you (1) your contribution has been accepted or (2) that your submission has won a competition or (3) updates to the site or copyright requests which affect your writing.

This site, Kids on the Net, is owned by Helen Whitehead

Kids on the Net is grateful to founder supporters Nottingham Trent University (until May 2006); former sponsors Experian Ltd., Nottingham, UK; funders NESTA (The National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts) UK; and other partners in specific projects, such as Nottingham City Council, the Galleries of Justice and Notingham UNESCO City of Literature.

How we use cookies

All of our web pages use "cookies". A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that we place on your computer or mobile device if you agree. These cookies allow us to distinguish you from other users of our website, which helps us to provide you with a good experience when you browse our website and enables us to improve our website.

Types of cookies we use

We use the following types of cookies:

  • strictly necessary cookies - these are essential in to enable you to move around the websites and use their features. Without these cookies the services you have asked for, such as submitting a piece of writing, cannot be provided.
  • performance cookies - these cookies collect information about how visitors use a website, for instance which pages visitors go to most often. We use this information to improve our websites and to aid us in investigating problems raised by visitors. These cookies do not collect information that identifies an individual visitor.
  • functionality cookies - these cookies allow the website to remember choices you make and provide more personal features. The information these cookies collect may be anonymised and they cannot track your browsing activity on other websites. We do not retain these once you have left the website.
  • we DO NOT use advertising cookies, allow advertising on the website other than our non-commercial sponsors, or pass information on to anyone else without your permission

Most web browsers allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings. To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them please visit http://www.allaboutcookies.org/.


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Information for parents and carers

Submitted information is not used for any form of marketing or solicitation. Kids on the Net does not sell or otherwise share any information about site visitors with any other third parties, organizations, companies, groups, or individuals, other than providing general, non-personally identifiable information as described below. We collect via server log files certain statistical information about the users of our site: this does NOT identify individual users. For example, information such as the geographical location of users helps us to plan content. Visits from UK and US educational domains tells us that we have a lot of users in schools in these countries.

We also get visits from over 99 other countries which tells us we have to make sure the site is accessible to those for whom English is not their first language.

Information about the browser you are using makes it possible to plan the site in innovative and interesting ways so as to take advantage of the available technology. If we know that most users access the site on desktop computers rather than mobile devices then we are able to use more advanced Web technologies to improve the content of the site and its interest for you.

Statistics help us promote our free website and other resources, and it gives us statistics on numbers and locations of users which are very important for a venture that is dependent on grants and sponsorship.

Parents and carers have the option to agree to the collection and use of the child's information without consenting to the disclosure of the information to third parties. Upon verification of identity in writing by snail mail, Kids on the Net will provide a summary of submitted information about a young writer to that young writer's adult carer. Upon such verification, parents and carers may also ask for information to be deleted and refuse to allow any further collection or use of the young writer's information.

We collect email addresses only for the purposes of contacting young writers to give results of contests and competitions, occasional information about new contributory projects in our online newsletters, and/or help with writing.

We retain online contact information in our records only to protect children's safety and to protect the security or liability of our site or to respond to law enforcement, if necessary.

We do not allow other organisations or companies to use material from Kids on the Net without asking permission from Kids on the Net and the coppyright holders.

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions, comments, or concerns.

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