The LAWCHEK® Bulletin
May 2000 | Vol. 3, Issue 2
|Children's Online Protection: What's Out There to Help Businesses, Parents and Children Keep it Safe|
|A recent study by Grunwald Associates found that 25 million US children
(40% of children between the ages 2-17) are on the Internet.1 Undoubtedly it is
important their experience on the World Wide Web is a safe one.
The Federal Trade Commission issued its final Rule on the Childrens Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 that became effective on April 21, 2000. This Rule was found necessary because of growing concern for Children using the Internet. Because many sites request information for users to join online games, chat and to access e-mail, many were concerned that there were no procedures for handling the personal information of children. The Rule is to protect companies who have actual knowledge that information is being collected form a child and to protect the children who use their services.
Reference sites have been set up to educate both parents and children about the precautions that should be used when browsing the Internet. Many of these sites also have suggested links to fun and friendly Web Pages for children.
|America Links Up
A site geared to families. Information for parents and suggested sites for children to enjoy.
Children's Online Privacy Protection
"EFF: Frequently Asked Questions (and Answers)
About the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act"
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