This year has been an interesting one as we celebrated a milestone in our family, my oldest child became COPPA legal. COPPA – the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act was enacted in 1998 and its main purpose is to issue and enforce regulations concerning children’s online privacy. COPPA was designed to protect children under the age of 13. Once a child turns 13, they can sign on to online services without parental permission.
Yes, this is a thing when your mother is a privacy advocate. As exciting as it was for my now 13 year old to be able to get on social media, it was somewhat of a sobering moment as he can now sign up for these platforms on his own. I believe I have taught him enough to be a responsible digital citizen, aware how he disseminates his own data and to whom he decides to relinquish