16 CFR Part 312; Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule Review; Project No. P104503 #00027 

Submission Number:
00027 
Commenter:
Jacalyn Smith
State:
Washington
Initiative Name:
16 CFR Part 312; Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule Review; Project No. P104503

COPPA Rule Review, 16 CFR Part 312, Project No. P-104503 To whom it may concern, I have recently read your proposal on revising the COPPA act. As a mother I am strongly for protecting my children and other children as well. Although it seems there are those children that will get around this law and the regulations that go with it by simply lying about their age I do believe it is a good law and the revisions are great improvements. I think as parents we can help by talking to our children about the dangers involved and educating them on the matter so they are less likely to lie about their age. Furthermore as parents we need to stay connected with what our children are doing, that will help as well. I am really happy about the part of the revision that expands the term “personal information” to include their geographical location and any cookies related to that. I think the Federal Trade Commission has done a good job on this law and the revisions provided in it. In this day and age children have become increasingly advanced in the digital areas and although my children are 5 and 6 they already know how to use the computer to play games and they use them at school for math and other things! This amazes me since I didn’t know how to use one until I was 11. Protecting our children while they are using such technological devices as the internet is an important issue that cannot be taken lightly and I thank you for the time and effort that was put into these revisions. Jacalyn Smith