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Kids Privacy Quick Tips for Parents

What You Really Need Know

Q. Who is in control of my young child's personal information online?
A. You are in control of your young child's personal information. More

Q. How will I know if a Web site is collecting personal information from my child under 13 years old?
A. Web sites wishing to collect personal information about your children will seek you out and let you decide whether or not they may collect, use and/or share that information. More

Q. How will they notify me?
A. Web sites will try to email you to seek your permission. If your child tries to provide information about him or herself, the site will ask her for your contact information and use that information to seek your permission. More

Q. How do I prove/verify that I am my child's parent?
A. Web sites will ask you to verify that you are the parent in several possible ways. Some will ask that you call a toll-free phone number and speak with a trained operator who will verify that you are the parent. Some sites will ask you to send a note via postal mail or via fax. The Web site may also seek credit card information to prove that you are the parent. More

Q. How do I know if a Web site will respect my child's privacy?
A. Proactively surf with your children and familiarize yourself with the Web sites they most like to visit. First, look to see if there is a privacy policy posted on the Web site -- it should be easy to find. Next, read the policy and ask yourself if the Web site shares your child's information with others outside of the company. More

 
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