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"Thought this would be really hard and I wouldn’t understand how to code.  We don’t learn coding in my school, so a friend and I built it together. Now, we race each other’s robots."  

- Anthony, age 12

Cyber Security

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Keeping Your Kids Safe.

Smart Kiddo is proud to provide NO in-app purchasing, NO in-app advertising, NO in-app external links and NO in-app messaging - for worry free app use for all ages!

We will never request a student's name, age, location, photo or personal identifying information. The apps do not contain any direct chat or messaging avenues of any kind.

Smart Kiddo USA Safety Information:

  • Smart Kiddo wants your children to have fun building their robot and to safely use our website, Koder Kommunity Forum and apps. Our website and all data that is received is secured, encoded and stored on local servers in the United States.
  • Coding lessons have been developed from years of teaching robotics in some of the best schools and universities. Coding activities are designed, not only to develop student's S.T.E.M. & coding skills, but always with safety and security in mind.
  • 90% of our robots parts are made and assembled in the USA. We print all of the plastic housing parts using 3D printers in the United States.
  • Cyber-bulling- We have a zero tolerance for cyber-bulling and for the publishing of any inappropriate material on our website, social feed media sites and forums. 
  • We appreciate input and contributions to our website and Forum from our community, fans and fellow coders! Wiz kids and coding gurus alike, that have built SK robots & games and want to help others are invited to post and share. All content is moderated.

We will suspend the accounts of any one who is bullying on our site or digital properties.

Assembly Bill #1156:Bullying now includes written and electronic communications. Schools can suspend or expel students for cyberbullying.

Assembly Bill #746:Cyber Bullying now includes posts on social media sites. Cyber Bullying can be committed through electronic messaging, text, sound, or image, or a post on a social network website.

Assembly Bill #9:Requires schools to have a plan in place to receive and investigate complaints. School personnel must have a determined timeline to investigate and to solve complaints.

SB 1411: Creating a false FB profile in the name of another person with intent to intimidate, threaten and defraud. It is now a criminal misdemeanor to credibly impersonate someone through or on the internet with the intent to harm.

Are there ANY situations on the Smart Kiddo platform where my student's personal information may be made known?

Product Reviews: Anyone may write a product review of their SK USA product. In this process you elect how much information to reveal about yourself. While a name and email address are required to write a review, you may use a pseudonym in the name field and the email address is hidden, known only to the SK USA moderators. All reviews are moderated for safety prior to publishing, and you will be notified if your review cannot be published. 

Koder Kommunity Forum Posts: Post contributions to the Koder Kommunity Forum require the creation of a Forum account. When you create your Koder Kommunity account, you control the identity (handle) displayed, and your email address is hidden. Instruct children not to use personal identifying information or photos without permission from a parent. Forum posts are also moderated before publishing. 

Smart Koder Game Designer: When students develop their own maze games in Smart Koder online designer, they have the ability to import their own photos to "decorate" the surfaces of their game. COOL! However, all uploads funnel into the shared "Gallery" and are made available to ALL Smart Koder Designer Users. Do not upload personal photos, in appropriate content or personal identifying information! If that student elects to "share" or "publish" their game, then other SK students will be able to view their user name, select and play that game, and will see any photos imported into that game. Please approve any uploads and proof the final game before a child is given permission to share it. Never scan QR code programs from sources you do not trust.

QR Codes for Robo Koder Levels: when a student is ready to save their coded level (lesson) in the Robo Koder app, they are able to export their work to a QR code. This 24-hour-only QR code enables them to open their coded lesson on a different device, such as a mobile phone. They may also share the QR code with a friend, or post it online.  Never include personal identifying or inappropriate content in your shared programs.  These blockly-based programs contain un-moderated, user-created text and commands.  Never scan QR code programs from sources you do not trust.

Here are some simple tips about how to protect children from inappropriate Internet Content:

  1. Keep your eyes on children's web browsers at all times.
  2. Take advantage of your browser's parental controls.
  3. Teach young people to keep personal information private.
  4. Chaperone your child's online messaging.
  5. Install mature content filtering software.

Here are some other links where you can find other useful information:

Stopbullying.com

Official website of the U.S. government on the issues and concerns around bullying and how to spot it or prevent it happening

https://www.stopbullying.gov/cyberbullying/tips-for-teachers/index.html

Common Sense Media

The mission of Common Sense Research is to provide parents, educators, health organizations, and policymakers with reliable, independent data on children's use of media and technology and the impact it has on their physical, emotional, social, and intellectual development

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