On our end, we do everything we can to keep children and their information safe, and to be fully transparent about how we run the service.
On your end, as the parent, caretaker or teacher, you are responsible for ensuring that your children use HTML Planet for Kids in a safe way.
This responsibility includes:
- Educating your children about how to safely use the service.
- Monitoring how your children use the service.
- Helping children out if they run into any issues while using the service, and if needed, communicating with our support team about resolving their issues (we never communicate with your children directly).
Educating children about online safety
When introducing HTML Planet for Kids to your children, please educate them not to enter any sensitive or personal information when doing adventures or creating projects.
HTML Planet for Kids is not meant to be a secure place for saving sensitive information such as diaries, personal communication, personal information and secrets.
The purpose of HTML Planet for Kids is to empower children to become web creators. They can use the service to post their own content, including text and media embedded from third-party services such as YouTube (we don’t support uploading images and media directly, but this being HTML, such content can be linked from other websites).
The following are examples of content that is not allowed on HTML Planet for Kids:
- Anything that is not suitable for children
- Offensive speech, bullying...
- Content protected by copyright
Who is responsible for moderating the content?
It is your responsibility as the caretaker and holder of the main account, to ensure that your children use HTML Planet for Kids in an appropriate way.
HTML Planet does not support public posting or communication between children. Projects are either completely private or, at most, shared within the group of users from the same main account.
We do not actively monitor and moderate the content of your children’s private and group projects. That is your responsibility.
We will take appropriate steps if any issues are brought to our attention and reserve the right to remove any content and user accounts if HTML Planet for Kids is not used appropriately.
The rest of this article describes how we run the service and handle personal information.
You and your children can try HTML Planet for Kids without having to register or create an account. No personal information is recorded or stored during the free trial.
Adventures and projects created during the trial are stored in your browser’s local storage and never leave your computer.
Making sure that only adults can sign up
Only adults can create accounts on HTML Planet for Kids.
Subscription payment is required to create an account, in order to ensure that only adults sign up for the service.
Collecting personal information
During the signup process we collect and store email address of the adult account holder.
The responsible adult then creates sub-accounts for their children. They are encouraged to create user names that don’t include names or other personal information. Child accounts do not have email addresses.
Children names can be entered alongside their username as a convenience that helps the Responsible adult to identify children in their account. These names are never displayed anywhere else.
Publishing user information online
By default, all projects created with HTML Planet for Kids are private. In addition, the projects can never be published publicly. The only sharing we support is between members of the same main account.
That said, URL addresses of projects do contain the username of the author of the project. Although the project itself can not be viewed outside of the group, the URL itself can be copied, sent, written down etc, as any other URL on the web.
In the future, we may run community challenges and create a gallery of projects created by our users. We will never publish anything your child creates without your explicit consent.
Cookies and tracking
HTML Planet for Kids online presence consists of:
- Landing page htmlplanetforkids.com that is targeted at adults with the purpose of explaining what HTML Planet is, providing subscription checkout, support contacts and other similar information.
- Application app.htmlplanetforkids.com that is used by children to learn about web development and create projects.
On the Landing page we may use services that let us measure the user engagement, follow results of our marketing campaigns and conduct online sales:
- Google Analytics (not used at the moment)
- Facebook pixel (not used at the moment)
- Paddle checkout for processing online orders
These services set their cookies and use personal information as described in our and their privacy policies.
We need these services in order to make HTML Planet for Kids a long-term sustainable business.
That said, we pay special attention to not track children on the Application site. There, we do not use Google Analytics, Facebook or any similar services that would track your children.
Children should go to the Application URL directly, without going through the Landing page when using HTML Planet for Kids, therefore avoiding all tracking.
Accessing user information
When using HTML Planet for Kids children customize adventures and create their own projects.
This information is stored in the database of our Application, hosted with Amazon Web Services. In addition, we have backups of the data stored at backup providers. The information that is stored with these providers is encrypted and kept safe.
Other than this, we don’t sell, transfer, show or store the data anywhere else.
Our team has access to all data stored in our system, including:
- Main user accounts
- Children accounts
- Saved adventure (lesson) states
- Projects created by users
Note, we can’t see your passwords, they are stored in a hashed (encrypted) form.
We may access this information with the exclusive purpose of:
- Troubleshooting any issues with running the service.
- Analyzing how students progress through lessons and use the Create projects feature, so that we can improve instructions, tools and the application.
- Helping out users when they contact us through support.