But even with this law, your kids' best online protection is you.By talking to them about potential online dangers and monitoring their computer use, you'll help them surf the Internet safely.
Studies reveal that about 90% of Chat and MUD users form personal relationships; about one-third of these relationships result in a face-to-face meeting; and about a quarter of these relationships evolve into romantic involvements.
Anyone in this virtual-metropolis can put anything online, and once it is there anyone can access it.
Like any metropolis, the web has neighborhoods, some safer and some horrific.
COPPA requires websites to explain their privacy policies on the site and get parental consent before collecting or using a child's personal information, such as a name, address, phone number, or Social Security number.
The law also prohibits a site from requiring a child to provide more personal information than necessary to play a game or participate in a contest.