This comprehensive guide to COPPA is part of a larger booklet called Net Cetera: Chatting with Kids About Being Online.
If you are already familiar with COPPA, this is a good refresher. To download and print the entire guide, click here.
What is COPPA?
The COPPA Rule was put in place to protect kids’ personal information on websites and online services — including apps — that are directed to
children under 13. The Rule also applies to a general audience site that knows it’s collecting personal information from kids that age.
COPPA requires those sites and services to notify parents directly and get their approval before they collect, use, or
disclose a child’s personal information.
Personal information in the world of COPPA includes a kid’s:
• photos, videos, and audio recordings of the child
• persistent identifiers, like IP addresses, that can be used to track a child’s activities over time and across different websites and online services
How Does COPPA Work?
What Are Your Choices?
⊲ Understand the site’s information practices. Start by reading how the company plans to use your child’s information.
⊲ Be picky with your permission. Decide how much consent you want to give. For example, you might give the company permission to collect your child’s personal information, but not allow it to share that information with others.
⊲ Know your rights. Once you give a site or service permission to collect personal information from your child, you’re still in control. As the parent, you have theright to review the information collected about your child. If you ask to see the information, keep in mind that website operators need to make sure you are the parent before providing you access. You also have the right to retract your consent any time, and to have information collected about your child deleted.
What if it looks like a site or service is breaking the rules?
If you think a site has collected information from your kids or marketed to them in a way that violates the law, report it to the FTC at ftc.gov/complaint.