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June 16, 2000


This site explains the 1998 Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), which took effect on April 21, 2000. Sponsored by the Federal Trade Commission, KidzPrivacy is part of a national kid's privacy educational campaign.

Bright colors and funky graphics will grab the attention of youngsters.

Information is easily located on this well-organized site. The splash page includes text as well as graphic links. Each internal page has a repeated side menu.

We can never be too careful when it comes to protecting our students and children online. Now there is help for teachers and parents aiming to do just that. As of April 21, it is against the federal law for any commercial Web site to collect personal information about children under the age of 13 without parental consent. The site encourages parents and teachers to take an active role in determining the privacy policy of any site used with children. Parents have the right to give consent to information collection, view what children submit, and withdraw consent at any time. Included is a list of requirements for Web site operators and tips for parents. There are also tips children need to know about staying safe while surfing the Net. KidzPrivacy includes the sections Adults Only, Just for Kids, Business Buzz and Resources for learning more.