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Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act

  • The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) is the federal law that gives parents control over personal information that companies collect online from children who are under 13. The Federal Trade Commission, the nation’s consumer protection agency, enforces the COPPA Rule and has good information for parents about they can use this law to protect their children’s privacy online:

Computer and Internet Safety Basics

  • California Attorney General’s Consumer Information Sheet Protecting Your Child’s Privacy Online
  • California Attorney General’s Consumer Information Sheet Protect Your Computer From Viruses, Hackers, and Spies
  • Common Sense Media's Internet Safety Library, offers articles, advice and best-of lists to keep kids safe online.
  • IKeepSafe.org offers information on Internet filtering and monitoring tools, including a step-by-step tutorial on how to download and install free monitoring software.
  • i-SAFE's i-PARENT campaign helps educate parents about hazards in cyberspace. Interested parents can order a copy of the i-PARENT CD and can create or join an i-PARENT Board in their local school district.
  • McAfee's Family Internet Safety Center has videos with security advice on keeping children safe when they download music and movies, and other online safety tips.
  • Microsoft offers many resources and tools on parental supervision and age-based guidance for keeping your kids safe online.
  • The National Crime Prevention Council has a variety of resources to help parents protect their children. Two resources that can help parents keep their children safe online are McGruff SafeGuard and McGruff Kid Safe Web Browser
  • Net Cetera: Chatting With Kids About Being Online, from OnGuard Online (the online safety web site maintained by the Federal Trade Commission), this video gives adults practical tips to help kids navigate the online world.
  • netsmartz provides on- and offline learning activities for parents to facilitate discussions with their children and teens about Internet safety.
  • Norton Parental Guidance Program. How many of us can say that we know exactly what our kids are doing online? The uncertainty can be rather discomforting. Symantec has taken this concern to heart and developed a new service where parents can set unique online safety profiles for each child and stay up-to-date on their online interactions.
  • OnGuardOnline.gov provides practical tips from the federal government and the technology industry to help you be on guard against Internet fraud, secure your computer, and protect your personal information.
  • WiredSafety.org provides information on how kids use the Internet and how parents can help keep them safe online. Topics include the "secret language" of instant messaging, cell phones, and when to call the police.
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Digital Piracy

  • IKeepSafe.org offers insight and tips on how to download safer, smarter, and in accordance with the law.
  • Motion Picture Association of America offers Parent File Scan to help parents identify peer-to-peer software on their computers and locate music and video files that may have been illegally downloaded.
  • Recording Industry Association of America provides information for parents in Piracy: Online and On the Street .

Online Predators

  • IkeepSafe.org provides information on the methods of online predators and warning signs that a child may be in danger based on actual FBI cases.
  • KlaasKids Foundation offers common sense steps that you can apply to reduce your child's risk of becoming the victim of exploitation or criminal activity.
  • National Center for Missing and Exploited Children offers tips on teaching your children to be safer online and maintains the Cyber Tip Line for reporting sexual exploitation of children.

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