Safety Library

Kids Privacy On The Internet

This week I’d like to talk about your kids personal information and privacy. It’s valuable to you, to them AND marketers.

Fortunately, there are ways you can protect your family’s privacy when your kids are online.

  • Check out the sites your kids visit and see what kind of information the sites ask for or allow kids to post.
  • Talk to your child about the risk of disclosing personal information, especially in a public forum.
  • Ask questions.
  • Be clear on a sites practices and/or policies. If you can’t find the information, ask for it.
  • Review the privacy policy, which should disclose what the site does with the information it collects and who they share it with or if they sell it.
  • Know your rights. As a parent, you have the right to have a site delete any or all information it has about your child.
  • Have a house rule that your child must discuss with you what site they would like to join, must obtain your permission first and only use your email when signing on.
  • Be selective.
  • If you think a site has disclosed information or collected information from your kids or marketed to them in a way that violates the law, report it to the FTC, Federal Trade Commission.
  • The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, “COPPA” http://www.coppa.org/comply.htm , gives parents control over what information websites can collect from their kids.
  • Any website for kids under 13 or any general site that collects personal information from children under the age of 13, is required to comply with COPPA.

The Federal Trade Commission, the nations consumer protection agency, enforces this law. Thanks to COPPA, sites have to get a parents permission if they want to collect or share your kids personal information.