IMPORTANT—IF YOU ARE UNDER THE AGE OF 18, YOU MUST HAVE YOUR PARENT OR GUARDIAN, OR A SCHOOL OFFICIAL, READ THE AGREEMENT BELOW AND AGREE TO IT FOR YOU. IF YOU DON’T GET A QUALIFIED ADULT TO READ AND AGREE TO THIS, YOU DON’T HAVE PERMISSION TO USE TYTO ONLINE. ALWAYS GET AN ADULT’S PERMISSION BEFORE GOING ONLINE.
PLEASE READ THESE TERMS OF USE (“AGREEMENT”) CAREFULLY BEFORE USING THE SERVICES OFFERED BY TYTO ONLINE, INC. (“TYTO ONLINE” OR “WE” OR “US”). THIS IS A BINDING AGREEMENT BETWEEN YOU AND TYTO ONLINE. BY ACCESSING OR USING THE SERVICES IN ANY MANNER, YOU AGREE THAT YOU HAVE READ AND AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF THIS AGREEMENT TO THE EXCLUSION OF ALL OTHER TERMS. IF THE TERMS OF THIS AGREEMENT ARE CONSIDERED AN OFFER, ACCEPTANCE IS EXPRESSLY LIMITED TO SUCH TERMS. IF YOU DO NOT UNCONDITIONALLY AGREE TO ALL THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF THE AGREEMENT, YOU MAY NOT USE THE SERVICES.

Terms of use

Welcome to Tyto Online. Tyto Online is an educational platform where students can do hands-on learning within a video game. Please continue reading to learn about the rules and restrictions that govern your use of Tyto Online’s website(s), game, and all other products, services and applications made available by Tyto Online from time to time (collectively, the “Services”). This Agreement includes the terms in this document, as well as Tyto Online’s Privacy Policy.

Will these terms ever change?

We constantly try to improve our Services, so we may update this Agreement as we offer new and improved Services. We may modify this Agreement at any time. If there is a substantial change, we will do our best to bring this to your attention by posting a notice on the Services or notifying you by email or by some other means. If you don’t agree with the new terms, you may reject them but unfortunately you will no longer be able to use the Services. Your use of the Services in any way following notification by Tyto Online constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions as modified. We may suspend or discontinue any part of the Services, or we may introduce new features, impose limits on certain features or restrict access to parts or all of the Services at any time. We’ll provide you notice when we make a material change to the Services that would adversely affect you.

You represent and warrant to Tyto Online that:

  • you are at least 18 years old (or, if you are not at least 18 years old, you have your parent or teacher’s permission to use the Services, and that they have read and agree to this Agreement on your behalf);
  • all registration information you submit is accurate and truthful;
  • you will maintain the accuracy of such information;
  • if you’re agreeing to this Agreement on behalf of an organization or entity, you represent and warrant that you are authorized to agree to this Agreement on the organization or entity’s behalf and bind them to this Agreement (in which case, the references to “you” and “your” in these Terms, except for in this sentence, refer to that organization or entity). You also certify that you are legally permitted to use and access the Services and take full responsibility for the selection, use of, and access to the Services, including ensuring that you have permission to communicate with anyone you choose to interact with through the Services.

This Agreement is void where prohibited by law, and the right to access the Services is revoked in such jurisdictions.

Privacy & Use by Children

We take the privacy of our users very seriously. For more detailed information about our compliance with COPPA, FERPA, and other applicable data privacy laws and our handling of data for children and other users, please refer to our Privacy Policy, located at tytoonline.com/privacy

The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”) requires that online service providers notify parents of children in the United States and obtain their consent before they knowingly collect personally identifiable information online from children who are under 13. Tyto Online only collects personal information through the Services from a child under 13 where: (1) that student’s school, district and/or teacher has agreed, via the terms described below, to obtain consent for that child to use the Services and disclose that personal information to Tyto Online; (2) a child submits basic information such as their name, date of birth, email, or parent’s email for the purpose of notifying the parent so that we may get approval for the child to use the service.

School’s Consent for COPPA

We may collect personal information through the Services from a child under 13 but only in support of the learning environment. The student’s school, district or teacher may disclose that personal information to us for a legitimate educational interest.

For Tyto Online to collect this type of personal information, a student’s school, district or teacher must agree to obtain parental consent, or provide consent on behalf of parents, for that child to use the Services. If you are a school, district, or teacher, you represent and warrant that you are solely responsible for complying with COPPA’s consent requirements, which can be done through either of the following two methods:

(1) Obtain consent from all parents or guardians whose children under 13 will be accessing the Services;

OR (2) Provide consent on behalf of parents or guardians (which is permitted by COPPA since the PII is only used for educational purposes). If you are a school, district, or teacher providing consent with this method, you may be required to provide adequate school credentials and a valid school email address to verify your identity.

If you are a teacher, you represent and warrant that you are authorized by your school or district to use the Services. You also represent and warrant that you are entering into these Terms on behalf of your school or district. For more information on COPPA, please click here.

Fees and payment

Access to and use of Tyto Online has fees associated after the free trial period. You will always have the choice whether to continue the trial and pay for continued access to the Services. Your paid quote will indicate the

When Districts or Schools purchase, we may sign a separate License and Service Agreement. In any potential conflicts between the documents, the License and Service Agreement and any additional Data Addendums signed will supersede this Terms of Service.

Note that, by using the Services, you may receive e-mail or text messages on your phone or mobile device, which may cause you to incur usage charges or other fees or costs in accordance with your wireless or data service plan. Any and all such charges, fees, or costs are your sole responsibility. You should consult with your wireless carrier to determine what rates, charges, fees, or costs may apply to your use of the Services.

Registration and security

As a condition to using Services, you may be required to register with Tyto Online by selecting a password and providing your name and a valid email address. You will provide Tyto Online with accurate, complete, and updated registration information. You may not:

  • select or use the name or email of another person with the intent to impersonate that person; or
  • use a name subject to any rights of any person other than you without appropriate authorization.

Tyto Online reserves the right to refuse registration of or to cancel a Tyto Online account in its sole discretion. You will be responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your account and password. You may not transfer your account to anyone without express prior written consent of Tyto Online. Violation of any of the foregoing may result in immediate termination of your account, revocation of your ability to use the Services, and may subject you to state and federal penalties and other legal consequences. Tyto Online reserves the right, but will have no obligation, to investigate your use of the Services in order to determine whether a violation of the Agreement has occurred or to comply with any applicable law, regulation, legal process or governmental request.

Consent to receive periodic messages

As part of the Services, you will receive communications through the Services, including messages that Tyto Online sends you (for example, via emails and push notifications). Tyto Online may also send other administrative messages. 

Content

All materials displayed or performed or available on the Services (including, but not limited to text, graphics, data, articles, photographs, images, illustrations, User Submissions (defined below), and so forth (all of the foregoing, the “Content”)) are protected by copyright and other intellectual property laws. Tyto Online is not responsible for your use of the Services in any way that breaks the law. You agree you will abide by all copyright notices, trademark rules, information, and restrictions contained in any Content accessed through the Services, and will not use, copy, modify, publish, distribute, upload, display, license, sell or otherwise exploit for any purposes whatsoever any Content, third party submissions or other proprietary rights not owned by you:

  • without the express prior written consent of the respective owners, and
  • in any way that violates anyone else’s (including Tyto Online’s) rights.

In the course of using the Services, you may provide information which may be used by Tyto Online in connection with the Services and which may be visible to certain other users. Anything you post, upload, share, store or otherwise provide through the Services to the Community platform are, together with any related intellectual property rights, your “User Submissions.” You retain ownership of all of your User Submissions. In order to provide you with the Services, Tyto Online needs to access and use your User Submissions in certain ways. You hereby grant Tyto Online a non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, sublicensable and transferable (only to a successor) right and license to use your User Submissions for any purpose related to providing and/or improving the Services (however, Tyto Online will only share your personally identifiable information in accordance with Tyto Online’s current Privacy Policy). Because your User Submissions may be viewed or accessed by other Tyto Online users, you grant other Tyto Online users a nonexclusive, worldwide, royalty -free, perpetual, irrevocable, sublicensable right and license to access, view, edit, and use your User Submissions as may be permitted through the functionality of the Services (for example, when you send a message through the Services, the recipients of your message will be able to save, copy, edit and store that message). All information publicly posted or privately transmitted through the Services is the sole responsibility of the person from which such Content originated and that Tyto Online will not be liable for any errors or omissions in any Content. Tyto Online cannot guarantee the identity of any other users you may interact with in the course of using the Services. Additionally, Tyto Online cannot guarantee the authenticity of any information which users may provide about themselves. You acknowledge that all Content accessed by you while using Tyto Online is at your own risk and you will be solely responsible for any resulting damage or loss.

Under no circumstances will Tyto Online be liable in any way for any Content, including, but not limited to, any errors or omissions in any Content, or any loss or damage of any kind incurred in connection with your use of or exposure to any Content posted, emailed, accessed, transmitted, or otherwise made available via the Services.

As we explain in our Privacy Policy, if Tyto Online knows or becomes aware of a security breach of its users’ personally identifiable information, Tyto Online will notify affected users or post a notice on the Services as required by applicable law(s).

Your restrictions and responsibilities

You warrant, represent and agree that you will not contribute any Content or otherwise use (or encourage anyone else to use) the Services in a manner that:

  • infringes or violates the intellectual property rights or proprietary rights, rights of publicity or privacy, or other rights of any other third party;
  • violates any law, statute, ordinance or regulation;
  • is harmful, fraudulent, threatening, abusive, harassing, tortuous, defamatory, vulgar, obscene, libelous, or otherwise objectionable as reasonably determined by Tyto Online;
  • jeopardizes the security of your account in any way, such as allowing someone else access to your account or password;
  • attempts, in any manner, to obtain the password, account, or other security information from any other user;
  • violates the security of any computer network, or cracks any passwords or security encryption codes;
  • runs Maillist, Listserv, any form of auto-responder or “spam” on the Services, or any processes that run or are activated while you are not logged into the Services, or that otherwise interfere with the proper working of the Services (including by placing an unreasonable load on the Services’ infrastructure);
  • “crawls,” “scrapes,” or “spiders” any page, data, or portion of or relating to the Services or Content (through use of manual or automated means);
  • copies or stores any significant portion of the Content;
  • decompiles, reverse engineers, or otherwise attempts to obtain the source code or underlying ideas or information of or relating to the Services (or the products of Tyto Online’s third party service providers).

Tyto Online reserves the right (but does not have the obligation) to remove any Content from the Services at any time, for any reason (including, but not limited to, if we receive claims or allegations from individuals, companies or authorities relating to that Content or if Tyto Online is concerned that you may have breached the foregoing restrictions), or for no reason at all. You, not Tyto Online, remain solely responsible for all Content that you upload, post, email, transmit, or otherwise provide using, or in connection with, the Services, and you warrant that you possess all rights necessary to provide such Content to Tyto Online and to grant Tyto Online the rights to use such information as provided herein.

You will be responsible for obtaining and maintaining any equipment or ancillary services needed to connect to, access, or otherwise use the Services, including, without limitation, modems, hardware, software, and long distance or local telephone service. You will be responsible for ensuring that such equipment or ancillary services are compatible with the Services. You will be responsible for withholding, filing, and reporting all taxes, duties and other governmental assessments associated with your activity in connection with the Services.

Third party service providers

The Services may contain links to third party websites, products or services that are not owned or controlled by Tyto Online (“Third Party Services”), such as within the teacher guides and supplemental materials. When you access Third Party Services, you do so at your own risk. Tyto Online encourages you to be aware when you leave the Services and to read the terms and conditions and privacy policy of each Third Party Service that you visit or use.

Tyto Online has no control over, and assumes no responsibility for, the content, accuracy, privacy policies, or practices of or opinions expressed in any Third Party Services. In addition, Tyto Online will not and cannot monitor, verify, censor or edit the content of any Third Party Services. By using the Services, you expressly relieve and hold harmless Tyto Online from any and all liability arising from your use of any Third Party Services.

Your interactions with organizations and/or individuals found on or through the Services, including payment and delivery of goods or services, and any other terms, conditions, warranties or representations associated with such dealings, are solely between you and such organizations and/or individuals. You should make whatever investigation you feel necessary or appropriate before proceeding with any online or offline transaction with any third parties. You agree that Tyto Online will not be responsible or liable for any loss or damage of any sort incurred as the result of any such dealings.

If there is a dispute between Tyto Online users, or between Tyto Online users and any third party, you understand and agree that Tyto Online is under no obligation to become involved. In the event that you have a dispute with one or more other users, you hereby release Tyto Online, its officers, employees, agents, and successors in rights from claims, demands, and damages (actual and consequential) of every kind or nature, known or unknown, suspected or unsuspected, disclosed or undisclosed, arising out of or in any way related to such disputes and/or our service. If you are a California resident, you will and hereby do waive California Civil Code Section 1542, which says: “A general release does not extend to claims which the creditor does not know or suspect to exist in his favor at the time of executing the release, which, if known by him must have materially affected his settlement with the debtor.”

Warranty and disclaimer

Tyto Online has no special relationship with or fiduciary duty to you. You acknowledge that Tyto Online has no control over, and no duty to take any action regarding: which users gains access to the Services; what Content you access via the Services; what effects the Content may have on you; how you may interpret or use the Content; or what actions you may take as a result of having been exposed to the Content. You release Tyto Online from all liability for you having acquired or not acquired Content through the Services. The Services may contain, or direct you to websites or services containing, information that some people may find offensive or inappropriate. Tyto Online makes no representations concerning any content contained in or accessed through the Services, and Tyto Online will not be responsible or liable for the accuracy, copyright compliance, legality or decency of material contained in or accessed through the Services. Tyto Online makes no representations, warranties, or conditions regarding suggestions or recommendations of services or products (including Content provided by users) offered or purchased through the Services. Products and services purchased or offered (whether or not following such recommendations and suggestions) the Services are provided AS IS WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY OR CONDITION OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, FROM TYTO ONLINE OR ANYONE ELSE. THE SERVICES, CONTENT, AND ANY SOFTWARE ARE PROVIDED ON AN “AS IS” BASIS, WITHOUT WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, MERCHANTABLE QUALITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, NON-INFRINGEMENT, OR THAT USE OF THE SERVICES WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED OR ERROR-FREE. SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW LIMITATIONS ON HOW LONG AN IMPLIED WARRANTY LASTS, SO THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.

Indemnity

You will indemnify, defend and hold Tyto Online, its parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, officers, and employees harmless (including, without limitation, from all damages, liabilities, settlements, costs and attorneys’ fees) from any claim or demand made by any third party due to or arising out of your access to or use of the Services, your violation of this Agreement, or the infringement by you or any third party using your account of any intellectual property or other right of any person or entity.

Limitation of liability

TO THE FULLEST EXTENT ALLOWED BY APPLICABLE LAW, IN NO EVENT WILL TYTO ONLINE OR ITS SUPPLIERS OR ITS SERVICE PROVIDERS, OR THEIR RESPECTIVE OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, OR AGENTS BE LIABLE WITH RESPECT TO THE SERVICES OR THE SUBJECT MATTER OF THIS AGREEMENT UNDER ANY CONTRACT, NEGLIGENCE, TORT, STRICT LIABILITY OR OTHER LEGAL OR EQUITABLE THEORY:

  • FOR ANY AMOUNT IN THE AGGREGATE IN EXCESS OF THE GREATER OF $100 OR THE FEES PAID BY YOU TO Tyto Online HEREUNDER DURING THE 12-MONTH PERIOD PRECEDING THE APPLICABLE CLAIM;
  • FOR ANY INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, PUNITIVE, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OF ANY KIND WHATSOEVER;
  • FOR DATA LOSS OR COST OF PROCUREMENT OF SUBSTITUTE GOODS OR SERVICES; OR
  • FOR ANY MATTER BEYOND Tyto Online’S REASONABLE CONTROL.

SOME STATES DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, SO THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS AND EXCLUSIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.

Termination

This Agreement will remain in full force and effect while you use the Services. You may terminate your use of the Services or your account at any time by cancelling your subscription or requesting full deletion of your account and data by emailing privacy@tytoonline.com Note, if your account is through an Organization, and you request that Tyto Online delete your account, Tyto Online may notify the Organization. Tyto Online may disable or terminate your access to the Services or your account at any time, for any reason (for your violation of any term of this Agreement or without cause), and without warning or notice, which may result in the forfeiture of all information associated with your account. Upon termination of your account, your right to use the Services and any Content will immediately cease; however, Tyto Online may retain messaging data or other data and information pursuant to this Agreement, as necessary for auditing purposes, and as required by law. All provisions of this Agreement which, by their nature, should survive termination, will survive termination, including, without limitation, ownership provisions, warranty disclaimers, and limitations of liability.

Choice of law and arbitration

This Agreement will be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of New York without regard to the conflict of laws provisions thereof, unless a state’s laws explicitly require that any legal disputes are governed by the laws of that state. Any dispute arising from or relating to the subject matter of this Agreement will be finally settled in small claims court or by arbitration in Erie County, New York or in a location that is reasonably convenient for you, using the English language in accordance with the Arbitration Rules and Procedures of Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services, Inc. (“JAMS”) then in effect, by one commercial arbitrator with substantial experience in resolving intellectual property and commercial contract disputes, who will be selected from the appropriate list of JAMS arbitrators in accordance with the Arbitration Rules and Procedures of JAMS. By agreeing to these terms, you acknowledge that you may not participate in a class action in court or in arbitration, either as a class representative, class member or class opponent. ACCORDINGLY, YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT YOU MAY NOT HAVE ACCESS TO A COURT (OTHER THAN A SMALL CLAIMS COURT) OR TO A JURY TRIAL. Judgment upon the award so rendered may be entered in a court having jurisdiction, or application may be made to such court for judicial acceptance of any award and an order of enforcement, as the case may be. Notwithstanding the foregoing, each party will have the right to institute an action in a court of proper jurisdiction for injunctive or other equitable relief pending a final decision by the arbitrator.

Miscellaneous

The failure of either party to exercise, in any respect, any right provided for herein will not be deemed a waiver of any further rights hereunder. Tyto Online will not be liable for any failure to perform its obligations hereunder where such failure results from any cause beyond Tyto Online’s reasonable control, including, without limitation, mechanical, electronic or communications failure or degradation. If any provision of this Agreement is found to be unenforceable or invalid, that provision will be limited or eliminated to the minimum extent necessary so that this Agreement will otherwise remain in full force and effect and enforceable. This Agreement is not assignable, transferable or sublicensable by you except with Tyto Online’s prior written consent. Tyto Online may transfer, assign or delegate this Agreement and its rights and obligations without consent. Both parties agree that this Agreement is the complete and exclusive statement of the mutual understanding of the parties and supersedes and cancels all previous written and oral agreements, communications and other understandings relating to the subject matter of this Agreement, and that all modifications must be in a writing signed by both parties, except as otherwise provided herein. This Agreement and any subsequent versions of this Agreement posted to the Services will be deemed a writing signed by both parties. No agency, partnership, joint venture, or employment is created as a result of this Agreement and you do not have any authority of any kind to bind Tyto Online in any way whatsoever.

It is the express wish of the parties that this Agreement and all related documents be drawn up in English.


Updated December 17, 2020

Clarified that educational institutions may consent on behalf of parents, according to COPPA rules.