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Controlling the internet
Today children have access to an unlimited amount of information via the worldwide web. The controversy of this accessibility has a state wide list of pros and cons and hence is now regulated by the federal government.

A law: Parents are very concern about the vulnerability of their children on the internet. With the educational potential of the internet, children are sometimes unaware of the importance of limiting the amount of information they share online. Protective parents are very aware and as a result of their articulated concern, The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) was passed.

Permission: Managed by The Federal Trade Commission, COPPA directly protects 13 year olds and under. All online companies and individuals most receive parental consent before using children’s personal information retrieved via the internet.

What is personal? Personal information is defined by COPPA as “any information that can be used to track a child’s activities over time and across different websites and online services”. This is not limited to the basic personal information such as name and address. Due to the internet’s permanence and tracking ability it also extends to “IP addresses” as well as recordings.

Compliance: If you are proactive parent who has set up internet monitoring devices and preventions on your child’s laptop or computer then whenever your child visits or downloads an application that will use his personal information you should receive an email notification. Within this email will be a permission request, the rest is in your control. The control you exert can be changed at any time and if you find a company on the website in validation of COPPA go to ftc.gov/complaint to file your grievance.

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