Starting April 21, 2000, a new law puts you and your parents in charge of your personal identifying information — if youre under 13. Websites that ask for certain information about kids under 13 have to get their parents permission to get the information. This means that you and your parents can talk about the information the website collects and decide together if its
information you want to give.
Why is this law important? Because it can stop website operators who might misuse information they collect from kids like you. This law protects you by asking your parents to give websites their permission to collect information from you. Now you and your parents will know what information is being collected and how it will be used.
Here are some important things to know about surfing, privacy and your personal information:
- Never give out your last or family name, your home address or your phone
number in chat rooms, on bulletin boards, or to online pen-pals.
- Dont tell other kids your screen name, user ID or password.
- Surf the Internet with your parents. If they arent available,
talk to them about the sites youre visiting.
- Websites must get your parents permission before they collect many kinds of information from you.
- If a website has information about you that you and your parents dont
want it to have, your parents can ask to see the information and they can askthe website to delete or erase the information.
- Sites are not supposed to collect more information than they need about
you for the activity you want to participate in. You should be able to participate in many activities online without having to give any information about yourself.
- If a site makes you uncomfortable or asks for more information than
you want to share, leave the site.
Source: The Federal Trade Commission