Kids ABC Letter, Spelling, Literacy & Phonics is available for download at the iOS App Store. This evaluation only considers policies that have been made publicly available prior to an individual using the application or service.
: Promoting responsible use
Evaluating safety takes into consideration best practices that protect a user's physical and emotional health. A higher score (up to 100) means the service provides more transparent and comprehensive responses related to safety.
The terms of Kid's ABC Letter, Spelling, Literacy & Phonics state they do not provide social interactions between users or make a user's information publicly visible to others. The Service recommends a username should be fictional and not include the child’s family name. In addition, the terms state a child's username is used solely for the purpose of personalizing the Service for a child and creating learning progress reports for parents.
: Protecting collected information
Evaluating privacy takes into consideration best practices that protect the disclosure of a user's personal information. A higher score (up to 100) means the service provides more transparent and comprehensive responses related to privacy.
The terms of Kids ABC Letter, Spelling, Literacy & Phonics state they may collect Personal Information about users through its Service such as their email address, username, birthday, and learning profile. Also, the Service may automatically collect non-personal information such as usage information and demographic information for data analytics purposes. However, the terms state users must agree that the Service may have unrestricted use and transfer of non-personal usage information to third parties.
: Protecting against unauthorized access
Evaluating security takes into consideration best practices that protect the integrity and confidentiality of a user's data. A higher score (up to 100) means the service provides more transparent and comprehensive responses related to security.
The terms of Kids ABC Letter, Spelling, Literacy & Phonics state they incorporate commercially reasonable safeguards to help protect and secure a user's personal information. However, the terms do not contain details about whether or not users are notified in the event of a data breach, or whether the Service encrypts personal information while in transit or at rest.
: Following statutory laws and regulations
Evaluating compliance takes into consideration best practices of companies that collect personal information from children or students and the legal obligations for the privacy and security of that information. A higher score (up to 100) means the service provides more transparent and comprehensive responses related to compliance.
The terms of Kids ABC Letter, Spelling, Literacy & Phonics state they do not have actual knowledge children are using the Service, because it is intended for parents to use in connection with their pre-literate preschool aged children. Therefore, the terms state the Service is intended for general audiences 18 years of age or older. In addition, the terms state that only a parent or legal guardian may register or manage an account with the Service.
However, COPPA provides an exception that requires obtaining parental consent for a otherwise general audience site, if the Service would appeal to children under 13 years of age. This exception takes several factors into account, including subject matter, visual content, age of models, and activities provided. Therefore, because the Service would likely appeal to children and collects personal information from children, all of the compliance obligations under COPPA would apply to this Service.
Lastly, because this Service would appeal to children and does not contain a clear parental consent process, teachers and parents should be aware that by providing permission for a child to use this Service, they are potentially giving the vendor permission to collect and use information that would be protected under COPPA.