16 CFR Part 312; Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule Review; Project No. P104503 #00024 

Submission Number:
00024 
Commenter:
Sarah Kirchner
State:
Minnesota
Initiative Name:
16 CFR Part 312; Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule Review; Project No. P104503

I agree with this proposed rule. I feel with today’s progressing technology, children are expected to maintain a certain level of understanding of devices and programs. To be able to compete in a global market our children must have the tools and know how of this digital world. Yet how are we as parents suppose to accommodate this education if we are risking their safety. With pop-ups and advertised links on site I have approved it is very easy for my child to visit an unacceptable webpage. It is concerning to me that I find my children on advertise site even with the large amount of paternally supervision in our home. With crime, child abduction, identify theft, etc., on the rise are we ok with children being the victims of these crimes? If we are to encourage our children to learn and develop their skills we must first do it with safety. The addition of limiting the collecting of geo-location information is an example of this agency keeping-up with technology world. Many parents have a basic understanding of technology there is a vast majority that doesn’t keep tabs on the latest tools being used by computer predators. How is a parent supposed to protect their child from an ‘option’ they weren’t aware existed? Unfortunately the digital divide is becoming vast between the average child and parent making it hard to leave these decisions to the discretion of the parent. I don’t feel parental rights are being removed but that educators in this field are putting in place safeguards. I also believe that verifying parental consent must be done to the upmost extreme. I do not think we should concern ourselves with the potential bottom line increase of these industries at the expense of our children. I also agree with the deleting of information after that information has served it purpose. This information of minors should not be saved, stored or sold. Against my typical belief of “less gov. regulation = a more productive citizen” for this topic I feel it necessary.