How Habitat is committed to protecting your children
Our team at Habitat takes maintaining the privacy of your children very seriously. Below we explain the measures we have taken to keep your child’s identity private while playing Habitat.
In Habitat the Game players adopt a virtual animal, play mini games and do tasks in the real world to keep the animal alive.
We will never know the identity of our players as we do not collect any personal information about your children when they login, but we do keep track of what they are doing in the game so they can earn rewards for their real world actions.
What makes Habitat different from most other games is that we are integrating player’s real world actions into the game. In order to keep these scores players will be asked to answer questions about their ecological footprint and their real life behaviours. These results will be put into their own eco calculators to show how much water, land and carbon the players have saved.
We have also added location services to the game so players are rewarded when they find locations in the real world. This means the player will be notified then they are close to a Habitat location. We will know how many players visited certain locations and how many pins they traded (this information will never be supplied in real time). The pins have all been placed in areas that are trafficked by family groups.
Once players collect these digital pins they will then be able to trade these pins with other player around the world. This is a closed game system where players will only see one another’s usernames and pin collection.
In order to connect with their friends we have provided players with the ability to have limited and controlled communications (they share codes between one another to gain access) such as seeing one another’s animals and sharing scores. On the leaderboard players will be able to view their progress relative to their friends. They will be able to identify one another through their usernames.
We have a very simple log in system where players put in a name for their animal. In order to keep track of their real world actions and the pins they collected we ask players to sign in with a user name and a unique password. They need to remember the name and password, as we are not collecting emails or any other personal information. We also ask them a security question so we can help them remember the password if they need to.
The login system was established so the players never lose their real world scores or pins, which we believe would ruin the game play experience for children that have worked hard to build their profiles.
We have designed Habitat to be a game that encourages kids to seek answers from their parents. They may need your help to answer some of the real world questions.
We have more information for parents on our website:
We have set up a blog with the latest news
and facebook page https://www.facebook.com/habitatthegame to communicate with parents
You can also email us: parents at habitatthegame dot com
Here are some tips about how to keep your kids safe on line while playing Habitat and other online services.
– Ensure your kids pick a username that is not able to identify them
– Help them pick a good password
– Tell them never to share their passwords
– Only allow them to share friend codes with their friends
– Teach your children to logout of computers when they have finished playing
– Tell them not to open emails or messages from people they don’t know
– Teach your children how to use social networks