The advent of the internet has changed the way that children interact with the world. As a parent, you have the responsibility to keep your child safe and that includes online. Kids now have access to in-depth knowledge, tools to express their creativity, and people from all over the world. Yet along with offering a fascinating, new way to connect with the world, the Internet also offers new risks.
A federal law, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), was created to help protect kids younger than 13 when engaged in online activities. It’s designed to keep anyone from getting a child’s personal information without a parent knowing about it and agreeing to it first.
COPPA requires websites to explain their privacy policies on the site and get parental consent before collecting or using a child’s personal information, such as a name, address, phone number, or Social Security number. The law also prohibits a site from requiring a child to provide more personal information than necessary to play a game or participate in a contest.
But even with this law, your kids’ best online protection is you. By talking to them about potential online dangers and monitoring their computer use, you’ll help them surf the Internet safely.
Be sure to be aware of the following issues when letting your child be online:
- Inappropriate Content
- Ignoring Age Restrictions
- Communicating with Strangers
- Grooming or Sexual Abuse
- Sharing of Personal Information
- Gambling or Running Up Debts
Consider setting up an Kid’s Rules contract with your children so that they know how to behave properly online.
Information for this page game from KidsHealth.Org