Children's Online Privacy Protection Act
In the world of media and communication, students often find “what’s cool” before the adults in their lives do. This is particularly true for Web 2.0 sites, applications and services, and the number of online tools and services that offer educational benefit has increased exponentially in recent years. Penn Charter carefully reviews these online programs and services to determine the appropriateness for our students. In some cases, these online programs and services require personally identifiable information (PII); generally a student’s name, e-mail address, and username. While many of these programs and services are suitable for children under 13, federal law requires parental/guardian consent for sites that ask for PII.
The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), a federal law enacted in 1998, requires operators of online programs and services that collect and maintain PII to provide parental notification and obtain parental consent before collecting PII from children under the age of 13. The law permits schools, such as Penn Charter, to do the collection of personal information on behalf of all of its students, thereby eliminating the need for individual parental consent given directly to the web site operator. A form specific to COPPA is included in Penn Charter's summer forms.
Penn Charter is committed to abiding by the federal regulations designed to protect children and to honoring the Quaker testimonies of integrity, stewardship and community by requesting parental consent for students under the age of 13 to use online programs and services. The third-party-operated online programs and services requiring parental consent for children under the age of 13 that we use now or may be using in the future are listed here along with links to their respective Terms of Service and Privacy Policies. As additional programs and services are identified and deemed acceptable for use, they will be added to the list.
If your child is interested in using websites and online services, we encourage you to check the Terms of Service and Privacy Policies to understand what age restrictions may be in place. Internet safety guidelines can be found on the Family Resources pages.