Children's Online Privacy Protection Act - COPPA
The Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) and Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), federal legislation which aim to protect children under 13 when using the Internet.
“The intent of COPPA is not to limit children’s access to websites or information, rather to limit the Web site operators’ or creators’ ability to get information from children.”
Throughout the school year we may be using different websites for educational purposes. These websites are known as Web 2.0 tools and Google Apps for Education (GAFE).
Some of these Web 2.0 tools require the teacher provide your child with a username/password to access the site and its content. The information can include a student’s first and last name, his/her ID number, and the school name. This information is kept confidential by the site and not used for any purpose other than account creation.
Because your child is under the age of 13, the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) and Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), federal legislation which aim to protect children when using the Internet, requires that CASD Schools to notify you and/or obtain consent for your child to use these web sites. The intent of this information is to serve as both a notice to parent/guardian of the use of these web sites and provide consent from you, the parent, for your child to be able to use these sites.
Information and Resources
COPPA Definition and Links
The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act was enacted by Congress in 1998. The law requires the Federal Trade Commission to “issue and enforce regulations concerning children’s online privacy,” according to the FTC’s frequently-asked-questions page.
How do I Know An App Is Safe?
Look for COPPA Certifications and Seals
Some apps take the step of getting ertified. If you see any COPPA seals or certifications on an app’s website, there is a good chance it is safe. Be on the lookout for badges from:
- Do Some Research.
You can learn a lot about an app by reading through some of the app store reviews or doing a quick Google search. If an app is a known COPPA violator, you may encounter articles about lawsuits or complaints from educators and parenting advocates. Another excellent resource for examining the privacy policies of applications is Common Sense Media.