Privacy

The following statement applies to the Web sites of the National Dropout Prevention Centers (NDPC). NDPC is committed to protecting the privacy and security of its online visitors and providing a safe environment for everyone.

Personally Identifiable Information

Collection of Information

NDPC collects personally identifiable information only from our visitors 13 years or older. Personally identifiable information we request may include first and last name, home address, email address, or telephone number. NDPC does not collect personally identifiable information from children under the age of 13 without first obtaining verifiable parental consent, unless NDPC only uses this information to:

  1. obtain parental consent or provide parents with notice of NDPC's privacy practices;
  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;
  4. protect the safety of a child; or
  5. comply with legal requirements.

NDPC's consent and notification process gives parents the ability to let NDPC know if they do not want us to make further use of the personally identifiable information we have collected from their child.

NDPC may request personally identifiable information from children in connection with online forums, content submissions, or classroom activities so that we can answer questions or requests. Unless NDPC indicates otherwise, personally identifiable information from children under the age of 13 will be used by NDPC for internal purposes and will not be sold or otherwise transferred to advertisers or anyone else.

Posting of Information

It is NDPC's policy never to post on the National Dropout Prevention Centers Web sites any personally identifiable information other than a child's first name, first initial of last name, state, and age or grade.

For Kids

Please do not ever give out your full name, email address, home address, telephone number or any other personal information that would enable someone to contact you either online or offline unless you first ask your parent or guardian for permission to do this. The National Dropout Prevention Centers Web sites may ask you for your first name and email address along with your parents' email address. We do this so that we can contact your parents to let them know that you have communicated with us and that we have collected this information from you.

For Parents

There are activities on the National Dropout Prevention Centers Web sites that children can participate in and enjoy without having to share personally identifiable information. In the event we do wish to collect or use a child's personally identifiable information, we will notify you to obtain verifiable parental consent. Parents can always request to review or have deleted their child's personally identifiable information from NDPC's records and refuse to permit further use of a child's information.

For Teachers

There are activities on the National Dropout Prevention Centers Web site that are available to teachers to enable them to enhance their classroom and student activities. In order for NDPC to be able to customize these activities for individual teacher's use, NDPC will collect personally identifiable information from teachers and use this personally identifiable information to tailor the content to teachers' specific needs. Teachers can then provide a password to their students so students can publish materials and do other activities online in connection with their classroom. NDPC will only enable such passwords with the verifiable consent provided by teachers.

What are "Cookies" and How Does NDPC Use Them?

Cookies are pieces of information that a Web site sends to your computer while you are viewing the Web site. These pieces of information allow the Web site to remember important information that will make your visit to that site more useful. You can choose to have your computer warn you each time a cookie is being sent, or you can choose to turn off all cookies. You do this through your browser (like Netscape Navigator or Internet Explorer) settings. Look at your browser's Help menu to learn the correct way to modify your cookies. If you turn cookies off, you won't have access to many NDPC features that make your Web experience more efficient—like the features mentioned above—and some of our services will not function properly.

Use of IP Addresses

We collect IP addresses to obtain aggregate information on the use of the National Dropout Prevention Centers Web sites. An IP address is a number assigned to your computer by your Internet Service Provider (ISP) when you're connected to the Internet. When you are on our site, we have a back-end server that logs your computer's IP address. We only use the information we gather from tracking IP addresses in the aggregate, such as how many users entered a specific area of our site. NDPC does not use IP addresses to identify an individual user. However, NDPC may use this information to identify a user if we feel there are, or may be, safety and/or security issues, or to comply with legal requirements.

Links to Other Sites

Visitors to the National Dropout Prevention Centers Web sites will find links to other sites whose content we believe will be of interest. In many cases, the links represent cooperative projects established with the organizations connected with these sites. Please note that NDPC does not monitor or control the content that appears on these sites and that the content may be constantly changing. We recommend that children check with their parents or teachers before following links to any new site. We encourage all visitors to the National Dropout Prevention Centers Web sites to read the privacy policies of all linked sites before navigating through them.

We hope that you enjoy exploring the National Dropout Prevention Centers Web sites.

The National Dropout Prevention Centers Web sites are managed by the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network, located on the campus of Clemson University. The Web site of the National Dropout Prevention Center for Students with Disabilities (NDPC-SD) is managed jointly by NDPC-SD and the Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC), and sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). The primary contacts for NDPC Web site issues are:

  • David Windham, NDPC, 209 Martin Street, Clemson, SC 29631-1555; Telephone: 864-656-2599; Email: dwindha@clemson.edu;
  • Judith Zorfass, EDC, 55 Chapel Street, Newton, MA 02458; Telephone: 617-618-2174; E-mail: jzorfass@edc.org (For NDPC-SD site)

If you have any questions about our privacy policy or practices, or if you wish to amend, update, or verify the information on file, or notify us that you want your information deleted from our files, please contact us at the above address.

GetNetWise

GetNetWise is an online resource that provides information and tools that parents and teachers can use to guide children to a safe online experience.

You can access this content by visiting www.getnetwise.org. This initiative is part of an industry effort to create an online environment where adults feel empowered with tools, information, and resources to safeguard children on line.

Security

NDPC makes every effort to ensure that all information, personally and non-personally identifiable, that it receives via the Internet is secure against unauthorized access. Whenever possible, such information is kept in a safe and secure system isolated from direct connection to the Internet. This means that no eyes, other than ours, will ever see the information that our visitors send to us, unless we indicate otherwise.