Using the Internet is a part of everyday life for many children and teens in the U.S. Today’s kids are able to do homework, study, play games, and socialize online. But with increased Internet access comes increased risk of running into potential dangers online – like cyberbullying, loss of privacy, and online predators.
The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) was created to safeguard children under age 13 from some of these Internet hazards, but it was enacted in 1998 – before Facebook, Twitter, and applications (apps) even existed. That’s why the Federal Trade Commission has proposed some updates to COPPA to keep current with the risks kids face using today’s technology.
We asked adults across the country what they think about some of the proposed updates to COPPA. Many adults say they would strongly support increased protections to keep kids safe online. Read the full report: Public supports expanded Internet safety requirements to protect kids.
In addition to Internet safety regulations designed to protect children and teens, it’s important that parents take an active role in their child’s Internet safety. A recent report from Pew Research Center asked parents about safeguards they use at home to keep their teens safe online. Half of parents whose teens are online say they use parental controls to block, filter, or monitor their teens’ online activities and 44% say they’ve taken the time to read the privacy policies of the websites or social networking sites their teens use. Additionally, parents can help keep their kids safe online by talking to them about Internet safety and by using the Internet with their children to teach them how to avoid potential dangers.
Video: Dr. Matt Davis discusses Internet safety concerns and public support for COPPA revisions