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What is COPPA And Why Parents Need To Know About It

December 12, 2016 1 Comment

What is COPPA And Why Parents Need To Know About It

Do you have a child that plays apps on a smart phone, talks to your smart home device, or even interacts with the smart TV? Are they under the age of 13?

COPPA is the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, a U.S. federal law enforced by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to protect the privacy of children when they go online. It requires very specific parental consent before websites and apps collect personal information from users under 13-years-old. Personal information can be as little as a screenname or device ID.

You may be surprised to know that COPPA verifiable parental consent is not required for many of the online services that are popular with young kids such as Snapchat, Instagram, Musically, Clash of Clans, Facebook and Twitter because these apps specifically say in their privacy policy that they are NOT “directed” at kids under 13. 

Most parents are not aware that many of these apps are OFF LIMITS to kids under 13. This is concerning as these apps will treat your child as an adult online, serving them adult targeted ads and content. Additionally, this makes it almost impossible to know who your child is interacting with online and what they are being exposed to. 

The good news is that companies are required to delete under 13 children's personal information if you notify the company that your child inadvertently created an account. You can find their contact information to do this in their Privacy Policy on their website or app.

Where the iOKids Platform Comes in

Children want to be present in the “grown-up world,” and iOKids is here to help parents give their kids a safe place to be independent and learn how to be safe and responsible online.


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Nancy Nefari
Nancy Nefari

July 26, 2017


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