Protecting Your Child’s Online Privacy
The Internet can be a wonderful resource for kids. They can go online to get help with their homework. They can learn about distant times and places, or play online games.
Unfortunately, for some kids, “the information superhighway” can lead to trouble. Kids could expose their families to identity theft. A wrong turn on the Web could lead to a loss of innocence or result in physical harm. The following tips can help you keep your child safe in the online world.
Make The Internet A Family Affair
- Before letting your kids go online, talk to them about the rules of the road for the information superhighway. You want to be sure it leads to safe, appropriate content.
- Surf the Internet with your child, especially at first.
- Explain to your kids that they should never give personal information on a Web site without first getting your permission. Personal information includes names, phone numbers, addresses, age or birth date, interests or hobbies, passwords and credit card numbers.
- Let your kids know that providing personal information to the wrong person online could be dangerous.
Privacy Is The Best Policy
- A federal law requires websites to have a parent’s permission before collecting any personal information from children under 13.
- You can give your consent to the collection of your child’s personal information and still say “no” to having the information shared with a third party.
Learn More About Online Privacy and Safety
The California Department of Justice’s Online Privacy Web page has information on state and federal online privacy laws, tips on reading privacy policies, and useful links to other information.
- Online Privacy Protection
- What Should I Know About Privacy Policies?
- California Online Privacy Protection Act (CalOPPA)
- Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)
- Teens’ Online Privacy
- Recent Online Privacy Legislation In California
- Other California Online Privacy Laws
- Tips For Safe Internet Use
- Is Your Computer Secure?
- Frequently Asked Questions About Online Privacy