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Information for Parents

Some Suggestions for Discussion

We strongly suggest that you discuss safe use of the Internet with your child. Show them the privacy policy and teach them to look for privacy policies in the sites they visit.

They should be encouraged to come to a parent or guardian any time they come across confusing or inappropriate materials.

The National Park Service has "Bumper Messages" or "Intercept Scripts" that warn a person when they are leaving NPS.gov, the National Park Service web site. The bumper messages from the WebRangers site also provide helpful suggestions for children as they leave the site, and enter new sites whose security and information collection policies may differ from those of WebRangers.

When might my child be asked to provide personally identifying information?

In certain cases there may be reason to request personally identifying information.

  1. The National Park Service reserves the right to not publish stories or pictures it thinks are not appropriate for this website.
  2. If your child chooses to send an electronic post card to a friend using the WebRangers site, we ask for a name and email address for delivery, but do not require any personally identifiable information about your child. We require that they provide an email address for delivery of the message. As soon as the postcard is delivered, all information associated with it is automatically deleted from our files.

We are unable to publish stories containing names, addresses, or phone numbers. For instance, you can say “My friend and I visited Vernal Falls” but you can’t say “Bob Smith and I visited Vernal Falls.”

Unfortunately, because of privacy concerns, we are unable to publish identifiable pictures of children’s faces. Pictures of places and pictures of people looking away from the camera are fine.

How can I find out what information you have about my child?

We currently collect no personal information other than country, state, and a fictitious “WebRanger name” and password of their own choosing. You may email us at nps_webrangers@nps.gov for a complete list of any information we have associated with your child. Since we will not have a listing for your child’s first and last name, address, etc., we will ask for your child’s screen name and password, and a telephone number at which you can be reached.

After determining that you are the parent or guardian, we will send a list of all information we have collected from your child. At that point you may request to have some or all of it removed from our database.

If you have any comments or questions about WebRangers, we’d like to hear from you. Send an eMail to nps_webrangers@nps.gov. Thanks very much.