We are very concerned to protect 2 things within Freaky Rivet. The first, and most important, is your children. The second, also important, is your wallet!
How we protect your kids online
Here are some of the things we do to protect your kids online.
No names or addresses
All members on the site are anonymous to each other. We don't show any real names, addresses,school details or so on. We DO
have counties or states to allow for leader boards in any specific area.
Your children will
be encouraged to post up their activities using video and photos, which is important if we are to get them motivated and motivating each other, but there will be no indication as to where they live other than a county or state. Obviously, they need to also not use their real names or addresses in anything they post up, and we advise them not to do that and suggest you do the same.
No Private Messaging
There is no private messaging within Freaky Rivet. So all communications are open for all to see. That means there is no way that anyone could message someone privately for instance to arrange to meet.
There is an alert button available next to all activity on the site, so that kids (or adults) can report anything that looks inappropriate. We look at these regularly and take appropriate action.
We provide you, the parents, with easy access to all interactions involving your children. That includes both things that they post, as well as things that are posted on their activities and shots. Although everything is open for everyone, we believe this will make it easier for you to filter down to just what your kids are involved with.
Identity of rule-breakers
No one is allowed to post to the site without us having associated credit card details. This means that in case anything inappropriate does happen, we can contact the relevant authorities so that they can take these details and follow up with the individuals who posted up anything inappropriate. This is a key reason why we insist on credit card payments.
We have consulted extensively with the Child Exploitation and Online Protection
unit in the UK, who are a part of the police authorities tasked specifically with identifying and dealing with threats to children. We've taken all their advice, and even gone over and above it in certain instances. They will liaise with authorities in any other country where a threat is identified.
We also don't take any adverts on the paid membership site for kids. This is another reason we are a paid membership site - we've decided not to pay for the site through ad revenue.
What we do to protect your wallet
We're also very aware of apps and sites where once you've shared your credit card details, it becomes very easy for users on your site account (for which read kids) to spend.
There is no ability for children to buy anything additional without your explicit approval. If they do want something, they can trigger an email to you to request it, but they cannot buy it themselves.