Children's Online Privacy and Protection
The Children's Online Privacy Protections Act of 1998 (abbreviated COPPA) is an act of Congress which requires the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to enforce regulations pertaining and relating to children's online privacy.
According to the FTC, nonprofit entities (such as Encouragemint) are not subject to this rule. In spite of this fact, Encouragemint is committed to the protection of children and chooses to voluntarily abide by many of the same rules and regulations of COPPA, even if we are not required to do so.
What is COPPA?
The Children's Online Privacy Protections Act is designed to help parents and legal guardians monitor and control what personal information their children share online. It relates to situations where online providers (known as "operators") such as those with websites and mobile apps collect, use, and/or disclose personal information about children under the age of thirteen. Children who are thirteen or older, along with adults do not fall under COPPA regulations. If your child is thirteen or older, but under eighteen see below.
Child personal information includes personal information provided by a child under the age of thirteen such as their name, home or other address such as a school or friend’s house, online username, email address, phone number, social security number, photograph, video, or audio recording, or
information about others in a child’s life. COPPA does not apply in instances where personal information about a child under thirteen is provided by a third party such as an older child or an adult.
Click the buttons to view our COPPA Policy, learn how to submit parental consent forms, make requests, or learn more about COPPA by visiting the FTC website and reading their list of frequently asked questions.
Over 13, But Under 18
The COPPA rule applies specifically to children under thirteen years of age. That leaves many people wondering what about those thirteen and above, while still under eighteen.
While there is no specific rule that pertains to the collection, use, or disclosure of personal information for children between 13 and 18, other rules that pertain to information about these individuals still apply.
For instance, parents and guardians can still view the records of their under eighteen year old children even if they cannot stop the collection of such information in the same way that they could with a younger child.
Children who are at least thirteen, but less than eighteen years of age
do not need parental/guardian consent to participate or communicate online, which includes registering on Encouragemint.org, using the Forums, sending messages to others they meet on this website, and/or having a more than one-time, single-issue conversation with Encouragemint personnel.
We still encourage parents and guardians to be aware of the online activity of their children, to educate them about issues related to online safety, and the regularly monitor what information they're sharing and with whom it's being shared.
Parents and guardians of minors also maintain the right to inspect certain records held by and pertaining to their minor children. Please click here to learn more.