Children 13+ are welcome to participate in the project with the permission and supervision of their parents. Children younger than 13 are subject to the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act) (COPPA) rules. They can assist parents but are not allowed to complete form entries and submit data.
If you are a parent that has a child between the ages of 13-18 that would like to participate in this project by collecting and submitting data, and potentially corresponding with project managers, please read the following information and submit the form. A project manager will then contact you to arrange a short in-person meeting (est. 15 minutes) to answer any questions you have and get a signed release for your child's participation.
WHAT TYPE OF DATA IS COLLECTED?In addition to base presence-absence data such as "How many rats did you see" the data entry form asks for last and first name initials, age, location of the observation, and has a notes field where the participant may write additional information. Additionally, there is an option to include photos and videos.
HOW IS THE DATA COLLECTED USED?Project managers (and potentially government agencies, scientists, and others) will analyze the data to better understand rat and mouse populations and problem areas. Initially the project is focused on the Friendly Neighborhood but may expand to be city or even metro wide.
HOW IS THE INFORMATION SHARED WITH OTHERS?The data collected will appear in both spreadsheet and map form and be visible to the general public on the EpiCollect (nonprofit educational institution project that provides the software and hosts the data) website.
CAN THE DATA BE REMOVED FROM THE PROJECT?Yes. Project managers will delete entries upon email request by contributors in a timely manner. So, for example, if a parent sees an entry by their child they want removed, it can and will be done. Also, project managers reserve the right to delete any entries with content that seem as though they could put somebody at risk, the data validity is suspect, or the content inappropriate (bad language).
CAN MY ENTRY NAME BE ANONYMOUS?Yes, you can use anonymous name initials in the entry. However, for participants on our formal team we will associate your real name with your anonymous entry initials (and keep the information in a confidential database).
CAN MY LOCATION BE ANONYMOUS?Location data is a central part of how the software works and cannot be altered. However, if you are making a sighting of a rat or mouse at your home you could walk to a nearby intersection before entering the location data.
If you other questions before completing this form please email me.
Eric T. Joneseric.email@example.com