SmartGirl.org is a website written for and by teen girls. This site is owned by the University of Michigan and is operated by the Women in Science & Engineering Program. Our mission is to create a place on the Internet where girls can feel free and safe to express their opinions and views on everything from the latest movies and the hottest fashion trends to everyday issues like school, relationships and navigating adolescence. Girls visiting the site can fill out reviews on different products (such as books, movies, and music), take anonymous surveys, play games, or submit poems, love letters and other content to be posted on the site.
SmartGirl visitors are not required to provide any personally identifiable information (information that reveals their identity) when visiting the site. They are free to read the web site, fill out surveys, send in reviews and other written submissions, ask for advice, and play games.
SmartGirl collects some personal information - an email address, age, or first name - only in the following instances and only when requested by our users:
SmartGirl gives users the opportunity to write and submit content to be posted on the site. Users may ask SmartGirl to notify them about the status of their submission. To do so, we collect the user's email address.
Users may ask to receive our free monthly email newsletter. We collect their email address in order to send them the newsletter each month. If they are under 13, we also notify their parents that we are sending them the newsletter, then delete the parents' email address. We keep the user's email address in our newsletter database. We only use the email address to send the newsletter.
SmartGirl gives visitors the opportunity to email us with questions, comments and recommendations. We respond to these individual email addresses when appropriate and archive the exchange for reference, legal, and administrative purposes. We do not recontact the user, add her email address to our mailing list, or use it for any other purpose.
In each of these instances, visitors provide their information voluntarily. We only use the information for the stated purposes. We do not ask for more information than we need to fulfill our visitor's request.
Visitors are invited to fill out surveys about a variety of different topics. It is completely optional for a respondent to fill out a survey on SmartGirl. All survey responses are voluntary and anonymous. We do not request or surreptitiously collect the full names, email, or street addresses of respondents.
For kids under 13, SmartGirl has the following policy:
The only personal information we have about any of our users is their first name, age, and email address.
Members and their parents may update or delete their child's membership at any time by emailing us with the child’s username. The subject of the email should include the words "END MEMBERSHIP".
Deleting or Updating Newsletter Mailing List.
If users or parents wish to delete their or their child's email address from our newsletter mailing list, they can email us using the child's email account and put the words "UNSUBSCRIBE" in the subject heading. To update an email address for the newsletter, unsubscribe from the old email account and go to Newsletter to subscribe again.
At the request of a parent, SmartGirl will work with the parent to prevent the collection of information from their child for the newsletter or the SmartCenter.
SmartGirl does not secretly collect personally identifiable information from visitors. SmartGirl does collect "cookies" (a string of numbers that identifies one computer in particular), but we cannot find out a visitor's identify from those cookies. We use them only to eliminate duplicate survey submissions, to track traffic patterns on the site, and to allow members access to members-only content. Cookies collected for one purpose are not linked to cookies collected for another purpose at SmartGirl, so even though we collect a visitor's cookie as he/she surfs the site and we collect a cookie as he/she fills out a survey, the survey and surfing both remain anonymous.
SmartGirl's web server collects aggregate information about our visitors' traffic patterns and "clicking" behavior while on the site. We cannot identify individual visitors from this information, nor do we use it to target advertisements or content to users. We disclose this information to third parties in aggregate form only.
Our web hosting service gives us access to certain information, most of it in aggregate form, which they collect automatically. We only use this information to monitor traffic levels on our website and we never connect it to any of the preferences you state on SmartGirl. Here is the information our hosting service gives us:
Our users' privacy and any personal information we may have about them are kept as secure as we are able, although like every other business entity, we cannot guarantee that this information will not be stolen.
Users may find advertising or other content on our Site that link to the sites and services of our partners, suppliers, advertisers, sponsors, licensors and other third parties. We do not control the content or links that appear on these sites and are not responsible for the practices employed by websites linked to or from our Site. In addition, these sites or services, including their content and links, may be constantly changing. These sites and services may have their own privacy policies and customer service policies. Browsing and interaction on any other website, including websites which have a link to our Site, is subject to that website's own terms and policies.
By using this Site, you signify your acceptance of this policy and terms of service. If you do not agree to this policy, please do not use our Site. Your continued use of the Site following the posting of changes to this policy will be deemed your acceptance of those changes.
Different countries have different privacy rules. In the U.S. the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act was enacted to protect the safety and privacy of kids online. SmartGirl is in compliance with this law and is a strong proponent of its mission. You can learn more about the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act by visiting the Federal Trade Commission website. For more information about children's online privacy, you can also visit Children's Advertising Review Unit (CARU) of the Better Business Bureau.
SmartGirl is committed to ensuring and protecting the safety and privacy of all of its users. We at SmartGirl strive to create a safe, fun site that girls can enjoy and that parents are happy to have their daughters visit. If you have any questions or would like additional information, please do not hesitate to contact us.
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Updated: August 16, 2011