New York, NY (PRWEB) July 03, 2013
As of July 1, the revised FTC regulations known as COPPA (Children’s Online Privacy and Protection) went into effect. The law was designed to keep kids’ information safe online. But do parents really know what that means and how to do it? KidzVuz’ experts are here to help with tips from the trenches:
1. Don’t Share Personal Information
And that means making sure your kids know what personal information is. Tell your kids never to share their phone number, email, full name, address or school name (even if it’s just a logo on the shirt they’re wearing in a picture) on any site, text, or app — even if they think the site it “safe.”
2. Treat your kid’s smart phone like a computer.
Smart phones are basically mini computers. So whatever safety precautions you take on your child’s computer should apply to his or her phone. (And don’t forget about geo-location – turn it off on your kids’ phone.)
3.Have a Game Plan
Your kids can’t protect themselves from what they don’t know: talk to your kids about what they might see on the internet — and what to do when and if they do see something they shouldn’t., or if someone contacts them in a way that makes them uncomfortable. Having a game plan will make your kids more likely to respond in a healthy way to unsafe situation.
4. Keep up on the latest technology.
You can’t protect your kids from what you don’t know. Your kids should know that you’re aware of the newest sites and apps they’re on, and ready to intervene should something go wrong.
5. Repeat yourself.
Parents need to have the Digital Safety talk with their kids early and often. Tell your kids about what they might see. Remind them about passwords and privacy. Let them know you mean it!
6. Read the Terms of Service and Privacy Policies of the sites your child is joining (and your own!). It isn’t fun, we know. But at least the new law has made it mandatory that sites make all that legal mumbo jumbo easier to understand.
7. Opt Out –
Many sites offer “opt out” provisions for being tracked on the web. Sometimes you have to dig tor them, but if you care about behavioral tracking this is key for you and your kids.
8 Set a Google Alert for your kids’ names.
It’s an easy way to keep track of new content being posted or created by or about your child.
KidzVuz, LLC is a tween focused media and Entertainment Company dedicated to creating safe, creative and empowering outlets for tweens and their parents through interactive media, mobile apps, and live events.
KidzVuz runs the only COPPA compliant website and iOS app that allows tweens to create and share videos about the products and brands they love. KidzVuz is videos by kids for kids.
Founded by Nancy Friedman and Rebecca Levey, KidzVuz has been featured in the Wall Street Journal as a top site for tweens, Teachers First as an educational resource, and was named a best new site of 2011 by Cool Mom Picks. The KidzVuz app was named by EW.com as one of the Top Ten Apps for Kids of 2012. For more information, visit: http://www.kidzvuz.com.