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byAlyssa Austin3 min to read
The Internet can be a wonderful resource for learning, especially for young students. But with a wealth of knowledge comes many potential dangers, including exposure to unsafe topics as well as data privacy threats that children using the Internet can easily stumble upon.
By educating themselves on Internet safety, parents can help instill safe practices for protecting children’s data privacy in their households. Read on to learn our recommendations for some children’s Internet privacy best practices.
There are a few laws that were created to help govern what children can see and interact with on the Internet that are helpful for parents to know about. First, there is the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA), which was “enacted by Congress in 2000 to address concerns about children’s access to obscene or harmful content over the Internet,” as explained by the FCC. This law primarily applies to schools and libraries that offer Internet access to children and requires these institutions to adopt and implement specific Internet safety policies that monitor online activities of minors, as well as provide education around cyberbullying and appropriate behavior on social networking websites.
Another important children Internet privacy and safety law that parents should know about is the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), which aims to protect children under the age of 13 from websites attempting to collect personal information. According to the FTC, the goal of COPPA is to “place parents in control over what information is collected from their young children online.”
While both laws were created to protect children from unsafe Internet practices and material, the best way to ensure safe Internet usage in kids is to lay out some best practices in the home.
Ensuring online safety for kids begins with creating a safe space for Internet use and teaching your child about Internet privacy and security for kids. Here are some tips:
The best thing you can do to introduce safe Internet guidelines to your child is to spend time online together. Make it a fun family activity that simultaneously teaches healthy children data privacy safety practices.
As a learning institution that functions 100 percent online, Connections Academy makes it a goal to share children Internet privacy best practices with young learners. Learn more about Connections Academy’s approach to online learning.