Privacy Policy

Our Privacy Policy (“Privacy Policy”) applies to and governs all websites, digital downloads, and software made available by Stories to Grow By, Inc. (“STGB”) at www.storiestogrowby.org (“Stories Site”) and www.tellitmyway.org, (“Writing Site”), (collectively, the “Sites”) on mobile devices, tablets, personal computers and other devices. STGB is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization.  

 

By accessing any of the Sites, you are consenting to the Privacy Policy. The Privacy Policy describes what information the Sites collect from users, including children, when they visit the STGB Sites; how such information is used and stored; when such information may be disclosed to third parties; how users, parents, and guardians can control the use and disclosure of collected information; and how information is protected.

Our users’ privacy is important to us, and we recognize the need to provide additional privacy protection for children on the Sites permitting such users.  Our privacy practices are guided by the United States' Children's Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998, as well as data privacy laws in the United States.  Younger users should always check with their parents or guardians before entering information on any website or mobile application and we encourage families to discuss their household guidelines regarding the online sharing of personal information.

 

The Information We Collect

 

On some pages of the Stories Site, you can order products. On some pages of the Writing Site, you can license software.  Customers who purchase products or license software are invited to post reviews on the product or software that they purchased.  Certain personal information may be required upon purchase such as your Name, Mailing address, Email address, Phone number, and Credit/Debit Card Information.  Certain additional information may be requested but not required such as your Age, the Capacity in which you work with children, the Age range of the children with which you work, your Suggestions for better practices on the Sites, and so forth.

 

If you wish to review a product, or comment upon a review of a product, or “like” a review of a product, whether or not you already purchased the product yourself, you will need to log in.  Certain personal information may be required upon your logging in such as your Name, Email Address, and whether you are 13 years or older.  Certain additional information may be requested but not required, such as your Age, Country, Capacity in which you work with children, Age Range of the children with which you work, or Suggestions for better practices on the Sites.  If a user is identified as under 13 years old, the user will first need to provide a signed Parental/Legal Guardian Consent Form before the log in process can be completed.

On some pages of the Stories Site, you are invited to review a story.  To review a story, you will need to log in. However, personal information collected for you to review a story is more limited than personal information collected for you to review a product or to comment on a review of a product.  To review a story, the information collected is your First Name, Age, and Country.  STGB does not collect your Last Name, Email address, Mailing Address, or Phone number for you to review a story.  The same limited personal information applies in order to comment on a story review, or to “like” a story review.

 

On some pages of the Stories Site, you can participate in a discussion forum.  On a discussion forum, participants are invited to share best storytelling practices. If you want to participate in a discussion forum, you will need to log in.  Certain personal information is collected upon logging in, such as your Name, Email Address, and whether you are 13 years or older.  Certain additional information may be requested but not required such as your Age, Country, Capacity in which you work with children, Age Range of the children with which you work, or Suggestions for better practices on the Sites.  If a user is identified as under 13 years old, the user will first need to provide a signed Parental/Legal Guardian Consent Form in order to continue.

 

On some pages of the Writing Site, you can set up a writing group.  If you want to create a writing group, you will need to log in.  Certain personal information is collected upon logging in, such as your Name, Email address, and whether you are 13 years or older.  Certain additional information may be requested but not required such as your Age, Country, Capacity in which you work with children, Age Range of the children with which you work, or Suggestions for better practices on the Sites.  If a user is identified as under 13 years, the user will need to first provide a signed Parental/Legal Guardian Consent Form in order to continue.

 

On some pages of the Stories Site and on the Writing Site, there are Contact Us links.  At a Contact Us link, you can send us your feedback, suggestion or idea (“Feedback”).  To send Feedback, you will need to log in.  Certain personal information is required upon logging in, such as your Name, Email address, and whether you are 13 years old or older.  Certain additional information may be requested but not required such as your Age, Country, Capacity in which you work with children, Age Range of the children with which you work, or Suggestions for better practices on the Sites.  If a user is identified as under 13 years, the user will need to first provide a signed Parental/Legal Guardian Consent Form in order to continue.

 


The Way We Use Information

 

When you place an order to purchase a product or to license software, we use the information you provide about yourself to complete that order. We do not share this information with outside parties except to the extent necessary to complete that order.

We use return email addresses to answer the email we receive. Such addresses are not used for any other purpose and are not shared with outside parties.

You can indicate when you place an order, or when you log in, if you would like to receive email updates.  Information you submit on our website will not be used for this purpose unless you indicate that you are agreeable to receiving email updates.

We use non-identifying and aggregate information to better design our website and to share with advertisers. For example, we may tell an advertiser that X number of individuals visited a certain area on our website, or that Y number of men and Z number of women logged in, but we would not disclose anything that could be used to identify those individuals.  Please rest assured that no information we provide to third parties will allow anyone to identify you, or determine anything personal about you.

Finally, we never use or share the personally identifiable information provided to us online in ways unrelated to the ones described above without also providing you an opportunity to opt-out or otherwise prohibit such unrelated uses.

 

 

Our Commitment To Data Security

 

To prevent unauthorized access, maintain data accuracy, and ensure the correct use of information, we have put in place appropriate physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.

 

 

Our Commitment To Children's Privacy

 

Protecting the privacy of the young is highly important to us at STGB.  We have privacy protection procedures in place where children under 13 years old are concerned, as provided for and described in the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act. We require parental consent through a permission form before we ask for any personal information from visitors we know who are under 13. In addition, even after a parent has given his or her permission, we allow parents to review, amend, or delete information their children may provide, and to prohibit further collection. Furthermore, unless personal information is necessary for an activity, we do not require that visitors provide such information in order to participate in the activity.

 

On the Stories Site, when users log in to post a story review, limited information is collected, namely, a user’s First Name, Age, and Country.  At no time is a user’s Last name, Email address, Mailing address, or other identifying personal information collected.  The First Name, Age and Country submitted is vetted by STGB before a story review is published.  The same limited collection of information applies when users log in to comment on a story review, or to “like” a story review.

 

On the Stories Site when users log in to post a product review, or on the Writing Site when users log in to post a software review, an Email address is collected in addition to the information described in the foregoing paragraph.  In such instances, a user is prompted to identify his or her Age as under 13 years, or as 13 years or older.  If a user is identified as under 13 years old, the user must first send STGB a signed Parental/Legal Guardian permission form in order to continue.  The same process applies when users log in to comment on a product review, or to “like” a product review.

 

On the Stories Site when users log in to join a discussion forum, an Email address is collected in addition to the First Name, Age, and Country.  In such instances, a user is prompted to identify his or her Age as under 13 years, or as 13 years or older.  If a user is identified as under 13 years old, the user must provide STGB a signed Parental/Legal Guardian permission form in order to continue.  

 

On the Stories Site or on the Writing Site, when users log in to send us Feedback, an Email address is collected in addition to the information described in the foregoing paragraph.  In such instances, a user is prompted to identify his or her Age as under 13 years, or as 13 years or older.  If a user is identified as under 13 years old, the user must provide STGB a signed Parental/Legal Guardian permission form in order to continue.  

 

 

How You Can Access or Correct Your Information

 

You can access all your personally identifiable information that we collect online and make changes at any time.  You can correct factual errors in your personally identifiable information by sending us a request that credibly shows error. To protect your privacy and security, we will also take reasonable steps to verify your identity before granting access or making corrections.

 

When you purchase a product, or you license software, you authorize us to receive the personal information you have submitted. We do not share your personal information with any third parties. By "personal information" we mean information that can be used by someone to identify or contact you, such as your First and Last Name, Email address, or Mailing address, and by "third parties" we mean anyone who is not directly involved in your purchase or license.

 

When you log into the Sites in order to post a product review, post a software review, comment on a product or software review, “like” a product or software review, join a discussion forum, or give Feedback, you authorize us to receive the personal information you have submitted. We do not share your personal information with any third parties. By "personal information" we mean your First and Last Name, Email address, Mailing address, or other information that can be used by someone to identify or contact you, and by "third parties" we mean anyone who is not directly involved in the process of your logging into STGB.  If you provide your first and/or last name as your username, then that username would be shown, however no other information such as your Email address or Mailing Address that is associated with your username and could be used to identify you, would be shown to any third parties or shared with any third parties.

 

 

Privacy Notice

 

If you send electronic mail to any address in the STGB domain as a user of the Sites, we will treat it as non-confidential and non-proprietary to you. By e-mailing to STGB, you authorize us to use or allow others to distribute, reproduce or otherwise use the message.

 

Our Commitment to your privacy is important to us. To better protect your privacy we provide this notice explaining our online information practices and the choices you can make about the way your information is collected and used. To make this notice easy to find, we make it available on our homepage and at every point where personally identifiable information may be requested.


We Allow You To Update, Correct, Or Delete Your Personal Information

Upon your request, and to the extent your request does not compromise our privacy or security policies, we will update and correct personal information you have previously provided to us. In addition, if you request, we will use commercially reasonable efforts to remove your name and personal information from our database. Please understand, however, that it may be impossible to remove this information completely, due to backups and records of deletions. If you wish to update your information, you may do so by sending us an e-mail that identifies the information you wish to have updated. If you wish to remove your name from our database, simply send us an e-mail to so indicate your desire.

We Use "Cookies" Judiciously

Unless you have chosen to disable it, your Internet web browser has a feature called a "cookie." Cookies are small text files that a web site can use to recognize repeat users, to facilitate the user's ongoing access to and use of the site, and to compile aggregate data to improve the site and focus advertising. Cookies work as follows: a web site will send a cookie to your browser that uniquely associates your computer with information the site
can store for you. Your browser places the cookie in its cookie file. When you next access that site on your computer, the site recognizes the cookie, and makes the stored information available to you.

We may use cookies to provide you with certain features at our site, such as helping us better understand and respond to our visitors' interests and preferences. If you do not want us to use cookies to collect this information, most browsers allow you to disable the cookie feature. Please keep in mind, though, that cookies may be necessary to provide you with certain features at the site.

Just as with other information, we do not share with third parties any personal information provided through the use of cookies.

Third-party companies

We may use third-party advertising companies, such as Google, to serve or track ads on our web site and other web sites. These companies may use information (not including your name, address, email address or telephone number) about your visits to this and other web sites in order to measure advertising effectiveness and to provide advertisements about goods and services that may be of interest to you.

Exceptions

There are two exceptions to our privacy policy. First, we may release or use personal information in connection with legal proceedings, or in response to a subpoena or court order.

Second, our policy only applies to information you provide to us. You may provide third parties with information as part of dialogue you conduct in any "chat-room" we sponsor or on any of our message boards, as applicable, or if you click on third-party advertising at our site. We cannot be responsible for the conduct of these third parties. They may have policies concerning privacy and the use of cookies that differ substantially from ours, and you may receive unsolicited messages due to this conduct.


Security

 

STGB's server for the Stories Site is provided by Hostmonster and for the Writing Site is provided by DN Simple. Please review the security policy of these servers to understand how your Personal Information will be stored. Although we trust that your Personal Information will remain secure on the Host's server, we cannot take any responsibility in the event that your Personal Information is accessed by a third party through no fault of our own.

 

Your Consent

By using our web site, you consent to our collection and use of information
in accordance with this privacy policy. We may in the future decide to change our privacy policy. If we decide to change our privacy policy, we will post the changes on this page, so that you may always be aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and the circumstances under which we disclose it. Any changes in our privacy policy will only affect information you provide after the changed policy becomes effective.