There are a few quick and easy ways to check the security of the websites you and your students are using in the classroom. These practices are terrific habits to model for your students as you help them build their media-literacy skills.
Are you an institution of learning? Use policy creation, as an opportunity to take inventory of your students' needs, how your teachers are already using social media, and how policy can support both responsibly.
Here are some elements to consider:
The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) is a law created to protect the privacy of children under 13. The Act was passed by the U.S. Congress in 1998 and took effect in April 2000. COPPA is managed by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). COPPA was passed to address the rapid growth of online marketing techniques in the 1990s that were targeting children. Various Websites were collecting personal data from children without parental knowledge or consent.
The Act specifies: