Privacy Resources for Parents

Kids under the age of 13 are not permitted to play our games or use our service. Our games and services are not designed for nor are they targeted to kids under the age of 18. While not targeted to kids under the age of 18, our games generally do not feature content that is inappropriate for teens. So we understand that some teenagers may wish to play our games. We invite you to review our terms and policies and make educated decisions about whether your children should use our service and to what degree.

Advertising

We may advertise our own products or those of other brands. At times, these products may not be suitable for all ages. If we advertise products or services intended for a mature audience, such as alcoholic beverages or real money gaming, we will endeavor to deliver such ads only to players that are of a legal age to participate in such activities.

Functionality

Our intent is to have players access and play our games in a responsible fashion. Our games tend to have some or all of the following attributes.

  • Energy limitations that naturally limit a player's session.
  • Gestation periods, such as those for crops in FarmVille that require a waiting period before additional in-game actions can be taken.
  • Turn-based play requiring a player to wait for a friend or opponent to take a turn before additional play can be enjoyed.
  • A focus on fun and social play, generally with friends (both old and new).

Spending

To make a purchase in Zynga games players generally must have at least one of the following:

  • a game card (purchased with cash or a payment instrument in a store like Gamestop)
  • access to a payment instrument, like a credit card
  • the password for a relevant platform account, like iTunes
  • access to a paypal account
  • a mobile phone account or bill that permits payments being placed on the mobile account

In light of these requirements, we generally assume that players who might be under 18 have their parents’ permission to make purchases.

Responsibility

  • Educate yourself about websites and apps, information sharing online etc. Use anti-virus software and the control features made available by your online service provider.
  • Agree on rules with your child regarding the use of websites, games and applications. Consider having the rules cover what your child can do online and when and where they can do so. Maintain oversight of your child's use of the web and applications and continue talking about it.
  • Supervise your child, as appropriate.

Remind your child:

  • Not to give out personal information, like his or her phone number or school.
  • To choose a username that does not reflect their real identity.
  • To be careful about talking to strangers and not to meet online connections in person without your permission.
  • Never to share their password.
  • To talk to you if something happens online which makes them feel uncomfortable.
  • To report inappropriate content or behavior to our customer service team.
  • To play nice and be respectful of others.
  • They can play our games for free.

Resources

Browser companies and independent software developers do offer products that allow parents to monitor or limit their child's web activity on desktop and laptop computers. Additionally, Apple and other mobile platform providers offer the ability to restrict certain activity on mobile devices. We encourage you to familiarize with some or all of these products to assist you in making healthy choices for your kids and families.

This PCMagazine article (http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2346997,00.asp) from late 2011 offers a number of tips for keeping kids safe online and for products parents can use to enhance their awareness of kids activity and their safety.

Descriptions of parental control features for itunes can be found here: https://support.apple.com/kb/ht1904

There are a number of apps in the Android Marketplace that offer parental controls.

For safety information check out:

On Guard Online is the US federal government's website that helps people be safe, secure, and responsible online. Their Protect Kids Online guide has resources that address a wide variety of issues that teens face online.

Netsmartz is an online education program that provides resources to help teach kids and teens how to be safer.

WiredSafety is a volunteer-run online safety, education, and help group. Their Teenangels program educates teens about online safety, privacy, and security.

WebWiseKids, the non-profit organization working to empower today's youth to make wise choices online.

Childnet International, a non-profit organization working with others to "help make the Internet a great and safe place for children."

Cybersmart is a cybersafety and cybersecurity education program managed by the Australian Communications and Media Authority.

UK Safer Internet Centre, a European network of awareness centers promoting safe, responsible use of the internet and mobile devices to young people.

The UK Council for Child Internet Safety, a website providing practical advice on how to protect yourself, your computer or mobile device against problems encountered online.

Connect Safely is a user-driven resource for parents, teens, educators, and advocates. They offer social media safety tips for parents and teens, as well as a forum for parents and teens to have a voice in the discussion about online safety.

For content reviews and ratings check out:

Common Sense Media is dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in a world of media and technology.