For Parents

How Sparticl Can Help Your Teen

From "acceleration" to "zoonotic diseases" — and for 600+ topics in between — our editors have hand-picked the best science on the web. Here, teens can easily find accurate and engaging videos, articles, games, activities, and interactive demonstrations to help them with their homework and inspire great science fair projects.

Sparticl is also a great place for teens to explore careers available to students with education and training in STEM (science, engineering, technology, and math) — an area of employment where the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statics continues to project terrific growth. Don't be fooled. That list is wide, diverse, and includes many surprises.

 

A Safe Place to Explore and Learn

Sparticl is committed to creating a safe place for your teen to explore and learn. We encourage all parents to be actively involved in following their children’s activity on the Internet.  If you have any questions or concerns regarding this site related to your child’s use, please contact info@sparticl.org  

To offer a safe environment for all visitors, Sparticl uses technical filters, member moderators, and Sparticl moderators to supervise activity on the Sparticl Website Sparticl encourages all parents to be actively involved in following their children’s activity on the Internet.

Age limits for users

Sparticl is for users over the age of 13 and requires those registering to provide their birthdates so we can determine their eligibility. All children are welcome to explore the content on Sparticl, but only those 13 or older will be allowed to create an account and comment, earn points, and participate in other social features of Sparticl. If we have reason to believe a child under 13 has provided false information in order to create an account, that account will be deleted.

Information we ask for

As part of the registration process, we require the user enter their date of birth to determine they are over 13 and also ask for the following:

  • Email Address:  This is used to create a Sparticl login and account and is not visible to other users of the site.
  • Screen Name: This is chosen by the user. We advise the individuals not to use their first and last name or any combination of the two. This information is visible to other users of the site.
  • First and Last Name: This is used for registration and ONLY to cross check with the user’s chosen screen name in order to ensure they are not using their last name as part of their screen name. This information is not visible to other users of the site.
  • Birthdate: To determine eligibility. This information is not visible to other users of the site.
  • Password: Selected by the user and not visible to others.
  • Avatar: An image selected by the user from a tool on the site. We do not allow users to upload photographs or other documents.
  • Connecting via Facebook: We do allow for users to register via their Facebook account. For details about information obtained in this process visit https://www.facebook.com/about/privacy/. Note that a user can opt out of that option at any time.

Sparticl does NOT offer user-to-user contact. Sparticl allows users to pick a user name (and will not allow use of first and last name) and to use their Facebook account. If someone were to connect with a user via Facebook, they would be leaving the Sparticl site and the Facebook privacy settings would apply.