In order to have a minor participate in Smithsonian Virtual Adventures, a parent or legal
guardian must complete and sign a waiver prior to the first day of the
first session. For those who purchase an Adventure as a gift, instructions on how to complete the
waiver will be sent to the parents or legal guardians of your gift recipient via email.
reflect Zoom's compliance with the requirements of the Children's Online Privacy Protection
Act (COPPA), the Federal Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the California Consumer
Privacy Act (CCPA), and other applicable laws.
The Smithsonian has licensed the education version of Zoom which has had many default settings
updated to make meetings more secure. Additionally, the Smithsonian's Office of the Chief
Information Officer (OCIO) has reviewed and updated additional default settings based on
best practices developed by Zoom and others.
For the Smithsonian Virtual Adventures, and per best practices guidance from OCIO, unique
meeting links and passwords will be generated for each week-long adventure. A waiting room
will be enabled with every daily session. Names of those in the waiting room will be compared
to a list of the names of children registered for the program, and only those who are on the
roster will be admitted into the live session. Private chat activity will be disabled within
the meeting and participant screen sharing, annotation, and recording will be disabled by
default. If the “breakout room” function is used, each breakout room will have an adult in
attendance. Further information about Zoom meeting settings will be provided.
Each session's landing page is self-contained, only accessible to registered participants behind your unique Smithsonian Associates login,
and contains only pre-approved content.
Prior to registering your adventurers, please review the
Terms of Service, Privacy Statement,
and the Smithsonian Kids Online Privacy Statement.