Privacy Tips - Kids:

Here are some important things to know about surfing, privacy and your personal information:

  • Never give out your last or family name, your home address or your phone number in chat rooms, on bulletin boards, or to online pen-pals.
  • Make up a cool nickname for when you join a chat or a game online - Never use your real name.
  • Don't tell other kids your screen name, user ID or password.
  • Never agree to meet anyone you have "met" online without asking your parents, or another adult first. If your parents agree to you meeting that person, bring one of your parents: get them to take you to meet the person - and make sure you meet in a public place.
  • Look at a website's Privacy Policy to see how the site uses the information you give them.
  • Surf the Internet with your parents. If they aren't available, talk to them about the sites you're visiting.
  • Talk about the site's Privacy Policy with your parents so that you and your parents will know what information the site collects about you and what it does with the information.
  • Websites must get your parent's permission before they collect many kinds of information from you.
  • If a website has information about you that you and your parents don't want it to have, your parents can ask to see the information - and they can ask the website to delete or erase the information.
  • Sites are not supposed to collect more information than they need about you for the activity you want to participate in. You should be able to participate in many activities online without having to give any information about yourself.
  • If a site makes you uncomfortable or asks for more information than you want to share, leave the site.

Privacy Tips - Parents:

  • As a parent, you should look for a Privacy Policy on any website directed to children.
  • The policy must be available through a link on the website's homepage and at each area where personal information is collected from kids. Websites for general audiences that have a children's section must post the notice on the homepages of the section for kids.
  • Read the Privacy Policy closely to learn the kinds of personal information being collected, how it will be used, and whether it will be passed on to third parties. If you find a website that doesn't post basic protections for children's personal information, ask for details about their information collection practices.
  • Decide whether to give consent. Giving consent authorizes the website to collect personal information from your child. You can give consent and still say no to having your child's information passed along to a third party.
  • Your consent isn't necessary if the website is collecting your child's email address simply to respond to a one-time request for information.
  • Decide whether to approve information collection from your kids based on new uses for the information.
  • Website operators will let you know about the need for new consent by sending you a new notice and request. They will do this when they are changing the terms-of-use of the information in a "material" or significant way.
  • Ask to see the information your child has submitted. The site will ask you to verify your identity to ensure that your child's information isn't given out improperly.
  • UNDERSTAND THAT YOU MAY REVOKE YOUR CONSENT AT ANY TIME AND HAVE YOUR CHILD'S INFORMATION DELETED. To stop a website from collecting additional information from your child, you can revoke your consent. You also may ask a site to delete any personal information it has already collected from your child.
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