Kids' Privacy on Our Site
Kids.gov does not ask for or collect personal, individually-identifiable information, like names and addresses, from kids or other users. We do use software that tracks the number of visitors to the site, but this software never identifies who you are. Kids.gov does not collect personal information for any purpose other than to respond to a user (for example, to answer a question). If you choose to provide us with personal information—like filling out our Contact Us form with an e-mail address and submitting it to us through our website—we will use that information to respond to your message. Kids.gov does not create individual profiles from the information provided or distribute the information to other organizations.
Information Collected and Stored Automatically
When you visit Kids.gov, we may store some or all of the following: the Internet protocol address from which you access Kids.gov, date and time, the name of the web site from which you linked to Kids.gov, the name of the file or words you searched, items clicked on a page, and the browser and operating system used.
This information is used to measure the number of visitors to the various sections of our site and identify system performance or problem areas. We also use this information to help us develop the site, analyze patterns of usage, and to make the site more useful. This information is not used for associating search terms or patterns of site navigation with individual users. Kids.gov may anonymize and provide this information to third party entities for the purposes of research analysis. We do not share or sell visitor data for the purposes of advertising, marketing, or any other commercial purpose.
Message to Children - Be Careful
Kids.gov is a gateway. This means when you click on a link, you will leave our site. Most of the kids' sites we link to are from government agencies, but we do include non-government ones. Government sites have to follow special rules for their kids' sites, but non-government sites do not have to follow the same rules. When you're exploring Kids.gov, you may click on a site that will ask you for personal information, like your name, address, phone number, or email address. Before you give any information, show your parent or another responsible adult what you are doing. Remember, be smart online!
Message to Parents, Guardians, and Educators
Kids.gov is a gateway that takes your children to other sites. The majority of the links are from other government sites, but we do link to other non-government sites. Although many of the sites we link to must adhere to Federal rules established to protect children's privacy, understand that not all sites comply with these rules. While we have selected sites that we believe offer good, reliable information, we are not responsible for the content provided. Nor are we responsible for their adherence to Federal rules to protect children's privacy. It is important that you monitor your children's online behavior to ensure that they do not provide personally identifiable information to websites that you feel are unacceptable. Tell your children to ask you or another responsible adult to look at what they are doing first if they wish to give their name, address, phone number, or email address.