You stopped by my blog because you believe I might be able to help you out with your homeschooling needs, or you thought I might have something cool to say about how to get your little to read (and read the good stuff). Because you came here with a heart full of trust, it is on me to earn and keep that trust. I intend to do that.
Therefore, though I do use advertisements and affiliate links on the blog, I will always disclose my affiliates on the right side or bottom of the page so you’ll recognize when I’m linking to them with a glance. If you click on one of those links and make a purchase, I’m probably going to make a small commission off of it. It won’t hurt you—not the least little sting. The product doesn’t cost more because you bought it through a link on my blog. I need to make money, but not in any kind of underhanded way. You get me. Mama don’t play that hide-me trick-me game.
Also, when I write a sponsored post you’ll be aware of it. Here’s the thing. Though I am offered free products and money to do reviews and the like, I will never lie to you about a product. If I like it, I will sing its praises. If I don’t, well, you’ll know that, too. My point here is to provide you with quality information and resources to amp up your littles’ reading habits and homeschooling life, not snow you so I can make a little cash.
I mean, I like cash, but just not that much.
Lit Mama Homeschool Will Never sell or give away your personal information, including your name or email address. That’s not my style. I will only use your email address if you sign up for my newsletter, and then only to send you said newsletter. You can unsubscribe at any time, and I won’t even put you on a hit list for doing so.
Other than advice and updates, I might send you an email sharing information about companies I support, but that will only happen when I think the information is relevant and beneficial to you. I understand how bogged down an inbox can get and I never want to be That Girl.
How I Collect Information About You
Information I Collect About You
I collect information on your name, email address, website (if you leave this in a comment), IP address, and the pages that you visited and when you visited them on the site.
All financial details are collected via PayPal which does not retain any financial information once the transaction has been processed.
How and Why I Track your Visit
Like most websites, I use Google Analytics (GA) to process information about the number of visitors to my site and their behavior on my site.
I use this information to record the number of people using Lit Mama and to better understand how you come to the site (from social media, google or another site) and how you use it, as well as to see how you move throughout the site. It helps me see how to improve what I offer to you as a blogger and educator.
GA records your approximate location down to town level, the type device you are using–Mobile, PC, Tablet and the name of the device e.g. iPad or Samsung Galaxy etc…, operating system–Windows 10 or iOS, and browser–Firefox or Chrome, etc. None of this data can be used to identify you.
Google does record your IP address. However, I don’t have access to that information and it is modified so that while the area you’re in can be identified, you can not be identified specifically.
Google Analytics Demographic Tracking
Because I’m committed to ensuring that Lit Mama contains content that is valuable and useful to my readers, the Google Analytics Demographics and Interest Reporting features are active on my website.
These tools allow me to review anonymous data regarding the gender, age, and interests of each website visitor, which helps me adapt content to better reflect their needs.
Although this information is collected through your Google Ad settings, it is not provided to me in a personally-identifiable format. This means I cannot identify which statistical information is about you, and I promise not to try to figure it out.
Leaving a comment
I love hearing your thoughts and finding out you’ve tried a craft, activity, or recipe you saw on Lit Mama.
You may leave comments in 2 ways:
- leave a name, email address, website and comment.
If you choose to leave your information, I Will Never use your personal information for Anything (except maybe to call you by name in my reply. I’m nice like that.) and I will never pass it along to a third party.
IMPORTANT: All comments are public so anything you post in the comment is liable to be viewed by the entire free world. Don’t leave personal information (i.e. email, address, phone number) in a comment unless you’re willing to share it with Everybody.
Your email address will never be shown in the comment section of the site.
Your details will remain in the database unless I remove it or the article is removed from the site.
You may request that I delete the comment and remove your details at any time. Please email me at email@example.com to ask for this to be done.
If you are under 16 you must obtain your parents permission before leaving a comment.
If you choose to subscribe to Lit Mama’s newsletter via a sign up form, you will be asked for your email address so that you can receive emails from Lit Mama. I also ask for your First Name–this isn’t required, it just helps me personalize your weekly email.
Your data is collected and then passed to my Email Service Provider Mailchimp.
You may unsubscribe at any time from my newsletters by using the unsubscribe link at the bottom of the email or you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and ask to be removed.
Please make sure that you to use the same email address at which you receive the emails from to do this.
Mailchimp uses tags to track the pages you visit and the actions you take within the emails so that I can provide a more personalized email service to you.
I generally send 1 email per week and use tracking to try and make it as relevant to you as possible. From time to time I may include promotions for products, but my newsletter generally consists of advice and updates.
Details that I hold including your name, email address, and where you have visited at Lit Mama will never be passed to a Third Party.
Making Purchases from Lit Mama
If you have made a purchase from my Shop, your details are stored by my store database for products I have produced. You can ask for your information to be removed at any time by emailing me at email@example.com, but for financial and legal reasons, copies of invoices are retained.
All payments are made via PayPal which does not retain any financial information once the transaction has been processed.
Cookies are little pieces of code I use to track your use of my site and provide the best possible experience for you.
Specifically I use them for
- My commenting system so that you don’t have to enter your details every time you comment
- Collecting data as part of Google Analytics so that I can see who has visited Lit Mama
You can choose to disable or selectively turn off my cookies or third-party cookies in your browser settings or by managing preferences in your browser.
However, this can affect how you are able to interact with my site as well as other websites. This could include the inability to login to services or programs such as logging into forums or accounts.
If you are under 16
Please obtain your parents permission before entering any personal information on Lit Mama. I am as concerned with your privacy as I am with any adult’s.
When I May Transfer Your Personal Data
I will never transfer your personal data unless I am under legal obligation to do so.
If You Wish to be Removed from My Data
At any point you may ask that I remove your information from my systems. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with your requirements and I will do so within a month.
That’s all. Now go read the good stuff.