COPPA and Help Parents Monitor Their Teenage Children’s Activity on the Internet

Parents have refocused their attention on the safety of their young children after the FTC recently issued answers to frequently asked questions about the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). To help parents maintain control over what information is collected from children under the age of 13 and up, KidsEmail offers a safe email service for kids.

Arbon, Idaho (PRWEB) May 16, 2013

The Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project found in 2012 that 81% of parents of online teens say they are concerned about how much information advertisers can learn about their child’s online behavior. They also found that 63% of parents of teens ages 12-13 say they are “very” concerned about their child’s interaction with people they do not know online.

Even though the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) went into law in 2000, questions have persisted about both the effect and enforcement of the law. To increase general understanding of the law and its effects, in April the Federal Trade Commission issued a “Frequently Asked Questions” guide for small businesses and parents.

COPPA protects the privacy of children under the age of 13 by requiring operators of commercial websites, online services, and mobile apps that collect, use, or disclose personal information from children to obtain parental consent. The law was passed in response to a growing concern over Internet marketing techniques that target children and collected their personal information such as telephone numbers and email addresses through websites and apps.

The creators of KidsEmail, an easy-to-use safe email service for kids, are pleased with the FTC’s continuing focus on the safety of children online. Their powerful and flexible email service is designed to protect kids who use email to communicate and interact with others online. The service protects kids by allowing parents to monitor and control their child’s contact list to ensure that their kids are only communicating with approved contacts through emails and text messages. The service also blocks offensive and unwanted words, advertising, links, and attachments.

Parents can visit to explore the features of this safe email service. While there, parents can sign up for a free 30-day, risk-free trial. At the end of the 30-day trial period, if they find that this kid-friendly service is an effective tool for protecting their children online, they can continue the service at an affordable monthly rate.

Launched in 2009, is a safe email service designed to protect kids ages 4 to 12 from Internet dangers including cyberbullying, pornography, predators, and email from strangers. This service allows kids to only send emails to and receive emails from people on their contact list while also allowing parents to monitor email conversations. Visit to learn more and to sign up for a free trial.


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