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Child-Protective Cyber Law On the Internet

A federal law, the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), was created to help protect kids younger than 13 when engaged in online activities. It's designed to keep anyone from gaining access to a child's valuable, personal information without a parent's consent.

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According to COPPA, websites must make their privacy policy visible and receive parental consent before obtaining or using a child's personal information. This personal information includes, but is not limited to a name, phone number, Social Security number, or address. In addition, COPPA prohibits websites from requiring children to give excessive personal information, or information not deemed necessary, in their online encounters, including but not limited to social media sites, gaming sites, or even an online contest.

Although this law is in place, there is no guaranteeing that you will be entirely safe. You must understand potential online dangers and why cyber attacks occur. Here are several steps you can take to ensure that your experience on the internet is nothing short of safe and positive! Maintaining strong passwords, not communicating with people you don't know, and identifying and preventing phishing attacks are of great importance.