Kids & Families Privacy Policy

PBS Kids

For Kids and Families Visiting Our Website

You have trusted WQPT–Quad Cities PBS and PBS for many years to make safe and quality content that family members of all ages can enjoy. In the cyberspace world, this trust is even more important to your family, and to WQPT. To make sure that the WQPT website stays safe and fun, we make the following promises:

In almost all activities, the information we collect is non-personal (such as first name, age, city and state). If you enter a contest, send us a question or send an electronic postcard, we may also ask for an e-mail address. We only collect enough information from our visitors to make activities on the WQPT website fun and interesting.

If you submit stories, artwork, comments or anything else to us which is posted on our site, you will be identified on our site only by first name, age, city and state.

If you send us an e-mail with a question or comment, or enter one of our contests, we will write back using your e-mail address, but we will not keep the address or use it again.

If you ask WQPT to send an electronic postcard or e-mail message, we will ask for your first name and e-mail address as well as the e-mail address of the person who will receive the postcard. We will only use this information to send the postcard or message and we will delete the information when the postcard or message is sent.

No one will be excluded from our site for not giving us personal information. When we do ask for personal information (like an e-mail address), we will only keep it until that particular activity is complete. We will not share this information with a third party.

If we know a visitor is under the age of thirteen, we will collect a parent's permission offline (by postal mail, fax or phone) before we mail any prizes, or collect or share personal information with anyone else.

If you create a username and password on wqpt.org we will not collect any information that would allow us or anyone else to identify you. When prompted to create a username, we recommend you use non-personally identifiable information.

As you visit wqpt.org, it is possible that several cookies* will be set on your computer. WQPT uses the information from cookies to deliver relevant local resources, remember browser preferences, and improve our visitors' experiences on the site. No personal information is ever stored in a WQPT cookie, even if you have entered your name or e-mail address on other parts of the WQPT website.

WQPT does not sell information collected by cookies or use the information for commerce-related purposes. In addition, WQPT will not filter content based on your preferences without permission.

What is a cookie? A cookie is information a website puts on your computer's hard drive so that the site can remember your preferences or which pages you visited on that site.

 

WQPT and PBS KIDS only use cookies at the following times:

When going to PBS KIDS: If you localize pbskids.org to WQPT, a cookie will indicate to PBS KIDS the WQPT call letters. PBS KIDS only keeps track of how many computers choose WQPT. Please note that if you come to pbskids.org from the WQPT website, and you were not previously localized to our station, you may be automatically localized to that station.

If you watch a video clip or listen to an audio clip on wqpt.org or pbskids.org, a cookie will remember which media player (such as QuickTime and JavaScript) and which type of clip (high or low bandwidth) you prefer to use on your computer. You can change your video and audio preferences at any time, or choose a player each time you view or listen to a clip.

As you explore wqpt.org and/or pbskids.org, a cookie will tell us which pages you visit and the amount of time between each page visit. These cookies do not remember any information about you or your computer; it simply helps us identify new and repeat visitors, and tells us how long visitors spend on our websites and which pages receive the most traffic.

We also promise to help families and communities find the information they need to use the Internet safely and responsibly.

When a WQPT or PBS Kids site is partially funded by outside sponsors, we will mark any underwriter logos with a "sponsored by" tag. We choose our underwriters carefully, to make sure that the company's products and services fit WQPT and PBS standards. WQPT and PBS Kids sites will not contain advertisements promoting e-commerce or direct links to e-commerce.

All links to third party sites are insulated on the PBS Kids website. These "bridge" pages clearly notify the visitor that he or she is leaving WQPT and PBS Kids, and offers an opportunity to return to PBS Kids or WQPT. Each bridge page displays a web literacy tip, educating visitors how to be safe on the Internet. In the case of a sponsor's link, the bridge page may provide more information about the sponsor's relationship to PBS and/or WQPT. Since we cannot be assured that links to outside sites follow our safety or privacy guidelines, we encourage families to discuss these choices together. We are not responsible for the content or safety and privacy practices at any sites linked from our pages.

Your family's use of this site is conditioned on your having accepted these terms. You should check back to this policy frequently, as it is subject to change from time to time, and your continued use of the site is conditioned upon your acceptance of any modifications hereto.

 

A Special Message about External Links

WQPT provides links to other websites for informational purposes only, and in some instances for the convenience of our users. WQPT is not responsible for the content in other sites, and links from the WQPT website to other sites are not intended, nor do they imply endorsement of them by WQPT. WQPT encourages users to carefully select the websites that they use.

WQPT in conjunction with PBS Kids want to make a place where families can surf together, and where parents and caregivers are happy to have their children interact, learn and play.

 

Contact Us

If you have any questions or concerns please contact us.

 

rev. 5/2014