That's why it's important to be aware of what your kids see and hear on the Internet, who they meet, and what they share about themselves online.As with any safety issue, it's wise to talk with your kids about your concerns, take advantage of resources to protect them, and keep a close eye on their activities.
Any of these practices will boost your mood and leave you feeling happier than ever.
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 getting a child's personal information without a parent knowing about it and agreeing to it first.
They can use it to research school reports, communicate with teachers and other kids, and play interactive games.
Kids who are old enough to swipe a screen can have access to the world. For example, an 8-year-old might do an online search for "Lego." But with just one missed keystroke, the word "Legs" is entered instead, and the child may be directed to a slew of websites with a focus on legs — some of which may contain pornographic material.
COPPA requires websites to explain their privacy policies on the site and get parental consent before collecting or using a child's personal information, such as a name, address, phone number, or Social Security number.