Privo gives Dizzywood the Safety Nod

Now if only the Safety Nod of approval was more like a Safety Dance… Oh, Dexy’s Midnight Riders… where for art thou & thou brilliance?

Anyway– check this out:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Dizzywood Earns PRIVO Online Kids’ Safety Seal of Approval

Privo’s rigorous review finds Dizzywood to be one of the safest environments for children online.

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – April 25, 2008 –Dizzywood, a virtual world and online game for children ages 8-12, today announced that it has earned the PRIVO Seal of Approval for providing one of the most safe and secure environments for children online.

In addition to its sophisticated filtering system and presence of live moderators who monitor all actions and communications in the world, Dizzywood strictly complies with the high standards of regulations contained in the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule (COPPA). Dizzywood has also taken additional safety measures to implement the privacy requirements of Privo’s Privacy Assurance Program.

“Dizzywood has demonstrated their commitment to safeguarding the privacy of kids,” said Denise Tayloe, CEO of Privo. “We appreciate the steps they have taken to earn our Seal of Approval and believe they have set a strong example for others who cater to children under 13 to follow.”

To earn the coveted PRIVO seal, Dizzywood’s privacy practices underwent a rigorous review process to ensure they met Privo’s requirements, including a full audit of Dizzywood’s safe and secure chat feature.

“Safety has always come first and foremost in Dizzywood,” said co-founder Sean Uberoi Kelly. “We have implemented a substantial number of technical safeguards for the web site. We have combined this with live real-time moderation by trained professionals to provide a safe and fun environment for kids.”

Dizzywood was launched in November, 2007. The imaginative, story-driven world offers kids a safe environment where they can engage in challenging activities that develop self-confidence, as well as cooperate with others and find a sense of belonging.

Dizzywood is free to use. Subscriptions will be available to access premium content in the future.

About Privo

Privo is the first and only infomediary service to be recognized by the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”). Website operators are deemed in compliance if the operator complies with Commission approved self-regulatory guidelines. The posting of the Privo Privacy Assurance Program Seal signals to consumers, partners, advertisers, as well as government, that your site meets the COPPA guidelines.

Privo extends to multiple industries that market family-oriented products and services and to general audience websites that attract kids. It is a costly challenge for individual companies to responsibly and legally initiate and sustain online interactive communication with kids. Privo enables these companies to create lifetime customer relationships through branded permission-management systems consistent with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). The Privo system is a secure, third-party Kid registration and Parental consent service for companies who attract kids to their websites.

About Dizzywood

Dizzywood’s mission is to inspire young people to use their imagination and have fun, while learning real-life values and skills. Dizzywood’s creative, story-driven world offers children a safe virtual environment where they can explore worlds unlike any other, engage in challenging activities and cooperate with others, while developing important cognitive skills. Because Dizzywood’s games and activities have endless variation, each experience is new and unique – keeping kids captivated and engaged. Kids are appropriately challenged with games and activities that earn players unique super powers and other creative rewards. For more information, visit www.dizzywood.com.


Very rad. Live moderators? That’s wicked great. Full audit of chat security? Niiiiiiiice. I can’t imagine that would be easy to sit by and watch happen — like spending months on a thesis paper, and then handing it in to the professor, and watching him grade it in front of you. Pins, Needs, Nerves, and Anxiousness. But BRAVO to the folks of Dizzywood. They’re really putting in the full effort to make Dizzywood a well-rounded, unique virtual world.

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