Please click here to see the parental consent requirements as explained to a teacher.
Parent permission is an integral part of using Artsonia. When you visit Artsonia and give parental consent, you are granting permission for the following:
Consent to use Artsonia if your child is under 13:
Your child's teacher may wish for your child to use Artsonia, including to use a feature of Artsonia called Classroom Mode that allows students to submit their own artworks (and titles and statements) directly to Artsonia. The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) protects the online privacy of children under the age of 13 and requires Artsonia to obtain parental consent or notice (as appropriate) prior (with limited exceptions) to the collection, use and disclosure of that child's personal information. Due to the requirements of COPPA, Artsonia requires parents to give consent before the child can login and upload any content through the Classroom Mode feature or otherwise use Artsonia. When you visit Artsonia and grant permission, you are giving your consent for your child to use Artsonia, including for Artsonia's collection, use and disclosure of your child's personal information as set forth in the notice Artsonia sends to you via email to request your consent. Artsonia currently obtains verifiable parental consent through what is commonly referred to under COPPA as "email plus" consent (see FAQ H.4). You will receive a second email from Artsonia after you have given your consent. Artsonia currently initiates the “email plus” consent by one of three ways: 1) your child’s teacher submits your email to Artsonia and we send an email out to you with a link containing your embedded unique parent code; 2) your child’s teacher sends home with your child, your unique parent code and asks you to enter your email and parent code on our website, at which point Artsonia will send an email out to you seeking your consent; or 3) your child's teacher hosts an open house, whereby the teacher collects a parent's email directly from the parent, at which point Artsonia will send an email out to you seeking your consent.
**Note, however, that your child's school or teacher may have elected to obtain your consent or consented on your behalf directly - commonly referred to as "school consent". Under this type of consent, no artwork or related content submitted by children will be shown publicly, unless parents give additional verifiable parental consent directly to Artsonia. For more information on "school consent" under COPPA, please see the FTC's FAQ Section M regarding this. Please contact your child's teacher if you have any additional questions.
Consent to display my child's artwork publicly:
When teachers (or students) upload their students artworks, titles or statements to their school gallery, those submissions are visible only to other teachers and students while the teacher is logged in. This enables teachers to use Artsonia as a classroom-only tool for educational purposes.
However, by giving verifiable parental consent on Artsonia, parents also give permission to allow their child’s artwork to be displayed in the public gallery for other family members, friends and fellow art appreciators to enjoy. This opens up the possibility for students to receive comments from website visitors, have individuals join their “fan club”, and have their artwork available for purchase on custom products in the Artsonia Giftshop (which also helps raise funds for US and Canadian schools).
Click here for more details on how this permission process works.
Please note that, in addition to the parent providing consent to Artsonia, we require the teacher to affirmatively represent to us that they have correctly tagged any artwork (and its associated title and statement) corresponding to whether or not it contains personal information prior to publishing the artwork. This flag will determine whether the artwork will be posted in the public gallery. If the teacher indicates that there is personal information in the entry, the artwork will remain private in the parent only logged in area. If the teacher indicates that the entry does NOT contain personal information, then it will be available in the public gallery. Additionally, consistent with the requirements of COPPA, we ensure that any geolocation metadata that may be contained in the image is removed prior to posting on Artsonia. We also do not post the child’s full name, but use the unique screenname generated when posting the artwork in the public gallery.
Resources for parents:
- Answers to many top questions about privacy and security appear on the Artsonia Privacy Center.
For more information about COPPA and generally protecting children's online privacy, please visit OnGuard Online.