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To help parents better understand their childrens’ online privacy rights, the Federal Trade Commission has developed a new article, Protecting Kids’ Privacy. The article is posted at, a Web site sponsored by the federal government and the technology industry to help users stay on guard against Internet fraud, secure their computers, and protect their personal information.

Parents can learn what Web sites must do to protect the privacy of kids younger than 13 under the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). For example, with very few exceptions, sites must get parents’ permission if they want to collect or share their kids’ personal information.

Parents also will find tips for talking to their kids about online privacy, knowing what their kids are doing online, reporting a Web site that may be violating COPPA, and more.

To learn more about online privacy for kids, view this article on at or view it as an FTC Facts for Consumers publication at

The Federal Trade Commission works for consumers to prevent fraudulent, deceptive, and unfair business practices and to provide information to help spot, stop, and avoid them. To file a complaint in English or Spanish, visit the FTC’s online Complaint Assistant or call 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357). The FTC enters complaints into Consumer Sentinel, a secure, online database available to more than 1,500 civil and criminal law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and abroad. The FTC’s Web site provides free information on a variety of consumer topics.

(FYI Kids’ Internet Safety)

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