Child Online Privacy Protection Act
If you have been following this blog, you may have read that under the Child Online Privacy Protection Act websites cannot collect information on children under 13 without obtaining parental consent. As I am working with my web developer to create my new website for The Mystic Princesses, I have come up with the following letter that will be incorporated into the site once it goes live. The letter emphasizes that I want the parent to subscribe, rather than the child to avoid the protections required for children. However, it has not been vetted by an attorney, so if you choose to use the letter, it is at your own risk.
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The COPPA Rules
Parents, do you know that there is a rule about collecting information from children online? The COPPA Rules prevent websites from collecting their personal information online without your permission? And, authors are your blogs and websites collecting information from children under 13? Do you know if your blog or website is in compliance the rule? I should share that this was written with the laws of the US in mind. If you aren’t in the US, you may want to check your country’s laws.
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When I was growing up, it wasn’t called spying on your children.
It was called parenting, and the network was masterminded by everyday housewives slyly watching all of the neighborhood children. Here’s how it worked. My mother new my friends and she knew my friends’ mothers. Most importantly, she knew my friends’ phone numbers. In this spy network of moms against kids, the kids always got caught. We’d often ask my mom how she knew about some event. The answer was always that she had eyes in the back of her head. The 5 Softwares to Spy on Your Kids listed below were not needed back then.
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