Parents, guardians, and adults who care for children face constant challenges when trying to help keep children safe in today’s high-tech world where danger is only a click away.
For decades, children were taught to stay away from “strangers.” This concept is difficult for children to grasp and very often the perpetrator is someone the child knows. It is more beneficial to help build children’s confidence and teach them to respond to a potentially dangerous situation, rather than teaching them to look out for a particular type of individual.
Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act
The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), was created to help protect kids online. It’s designed to keep anyone from obtaining 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.
Due to the enormous amount of pornography and violence available online, parents must be diligent and engaged when their children are online. Here are some good resources that will offer assistance in this effort.