2010 Children's Online Privacy Protection Act Rule Review #547597-00012 

Submission Number:
Andrew Bergen
Booker T. Washington MS54
New York
Initiative Name:
2010 Children's Online Privacy Protection Act Rule Review
At the middle school (grades 6-8) I work at as a teacher/administrator, I encounter many disturbing issues related to cyber-bullying and inappropriate cyber chat. I am very concerned about students using social networks at an age younger than 13. I believe the age for use of Facebook or a new, very popular site, Formspring.me should be raised in COPPA to 16. An eleven year who agrees to the terms of use by claiming to be 13 will be less likely to commit such an act of misrepresentation if the age is limit is 16. Obviously, parental oversight is the best plan, but this seems to be failing. Please revisit the age 13 definition of what constitutes a child on the internet. One last note, COPPA does not appear have any means to protect children from each other. I do not have any idea how it should, but there is a problem.