This site is owned and
operated by Stepping Stones, Inc. Your privacy on the Internet
is of the utmost importance to us. At Stepping Stones, Inc, we
want to make your experience online satisfying and safe.
Because we gather certain types of information about our users,
we feel you should fully understand the terms and conditions
surrounding the capture and use of that information. This
privacy statement discloses what information we gather and how
we use it.
Definition of the Information Stepping Stones, Inc gathers and
keeps track of.
Stepping Stones, Inc gathers two types of information about
-Information that users provide through optional, voluntary
submissions. These are voluntary submissions to receive our
electronic newsletters, to participate in our message boards or
forums, to email a friend, and from participation in polls and
-Information Stepping Stones, Inc gathers through aggregated
tracking information derived mainly by tallying page views
throughout our sites. This information allows us to better
tailor our content to readers' needs and to help our advertisers
and sponsors better understand the demographics of our audience.
Because Stepping Stones, Inc derives its revenue mainly from
sponsorships and advertising, providing such aggregated
demographic data is essential to keeping our service free to
users. Under no circumstances does Stepping Stones, Inc divulge
any information about an individual user to a third party.
Stepping Stones, Inc Gathers User Information In The Following
Optional Voluntary Information
We offer the following free services, which require some type of
voluntary submission of personal information by users:
1. Electronic newsletters (Dispatches)
We will offer a free electronic newsletter to users. Stepping
Stones, Inc gathers the email addresses of users who voluntarily
subscribe. Users may remove themselves from this mailing list by
following the link provided in every newsletter that points
users to the subscription management page. Users can also
subscribe to the newsletters at the time of registration.
Stepping Stones, Inc may occasionally conduct user surveys to
better target our content to our audience. We sometimes share
the aggregated demographic information in these surveys with our
sponsors, advertisers and partners. We never share any of this
information about specific individuals with any third party.
Consistent with the Federal Children's Online Privacy Protection
Act of 1998 (COPPA), we will never knowingly request personally
identifiable information from anyone under the age of 13 without
requesting parental consent.
Stepping Stones, Inc tracks user traffic patterns throughout all
of our sites. However, we do not correlate this information with
data about individual users. Stepping Stones, Inc does break
down overall usage statistics according to a user's domain name,
browser type, and MIME type by reading this information from the
browser string (information contained in every user's browser).
USE OF INFORMATION
Stepping Stones, Inc uses any information voluntarily given by
our users to enhance their experience in our network of sites,
whether to provide interactive or personalized elements on the
sites or to better prepare future content based on the interests
of our users.
As stated above, we use information that users voluntarily
provide in order to send out electronic newsletters and to
enable users to participate in polls, surveys, message boards,
and forums. We send out newsletters to subscribers on a regular
schedule (depending on the newsletter), and occasionally send
out special editions when we think subscribers might be
particularly interested in something we are doing. Stepping
Stones, Inc never shares newsletter mailing lists with any third
parties, including advertisers, sponsors or partners.
When we use tracking information to determine which areas of our
sites users like and don't like based on traffic to those areas.
We do not track what individual users read, but rather how well
each page performs overall. This helps us continue to build a
better service for you. We track search terms entered in Search
function as one of many measures of what interests our users.
But we don't track which terms a particular user enters.
Stepping Stones, Inc operates secure data networks protected by
industry standard firewall and password protection systems. Our
security and privacy policies are periodically reviewed and
enhanced as necessary and only authorized individuals have
access to the information provided by our customers.
We give users options wherever necessary and practical. Such
· Opting not to register to receive our electronic newsletters.
· Opting not to participate in certain interactive areas, which
completely alleviates the need to gather any personally
identifiable information from our users
By using this site, you consent to the collection and use of
this information by Stepping Stones, Inc. If we decide to change
that you are always aware of what information we collect and how
we use it.