16 CFR Part 312, Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule, Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Project No. P104503 #561789-00018 

Submission Number:
561789-00018 
Commenter:
Don Jamison
State:
Virginia
Initiative Name:
16 CFR Part 312, Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule, Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Project No. P104503

We still need to recognize that children use social media without understanding or maturity. Only through parents opportunities to oversee their use can we expect that they will not be in danger, learn early enough to prevent harm or teach them to not do harmful things to themselves or others. By setting the limit at 18, the age of maturity in the eyes of the legal system, we can allow for the necessary intervention if required of parents and legal guardians. And should something happen that access to social media accounts would benefit the parents, this is not only a benefit but a necessity. As a Pastor who has seen the ill effects of not allowing parents access, as well as seeing immature behavior on the part of young people that leads them to trouble on social media, I pray that you will modify your rules to allow parental access and oversight.