This is the second in a series of articles about the importance of parents being aware of what their kids see and hear on the Internet, who they may meet in chat rooms, and what information they share about themselves online. Unfortunately, everyone trying to communicate with your child is as innocent as they may first seem.
There is a federal law, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), was created to help protect children online. It is designed to keep anyone from obtaining a child’s personal information without a parent’s knowing about it and agreeing to it first.
COPPA requires all websites to explain their privacy policies on the site as well as to get parental consent prior to collecting or using a child’s personal information, such as name, address, phone number or Social Security number. This law also prohibits a site from requiring a child to provide more personal information than needed to play a game or participate in a contest.
This law is great, but your child’s best online protection is you. Following is a list of suggestions as you take an active role in protecting your kids from Internet predators and sexually explicit materials online. You may want to print this to keep by your computer as a reminder for everyone in your family.