Students will likely be spending a lot of time learning online this school year and the Better Business Bureau wants to make sure families stay secure online.

Students, parents, teachers and administrators are all fair game for having their privacy compromised while online. When it comes to families, the following tips are important to keep in mind:

  • Know about Children’s Advertising Review Unit (CARU). CARU's self-regulatory program provides detailed guidance to children’s advertisers on how to deal sensitively and honestly with children’s issues.
  • Know about COPPA. The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act protects personal information of children under the age of 13 on websites and online services—including apps.
  • Know about FOSI. The Family Online Safety Institute brings an international perspective to the potential risks, and harms as well as the rewards of our online lives.
  • Read privacy policies together and understand privacy settings. Parents can have their children read the privacy policies and terms of use of any apps they want to use.
  • Don’t share your location. Nearly every app automatically tracks a user’s location. From placing an online order for groceries or fast food to playing an online game, review the apps on all of your devices to see which ones are tracking your location.
  • Use parental controls if necessary. Although the best way to keep a child’s online privacy safe is to teach them to manage it themselves, it doesn’t hurt to have their backs by using parental controls.
  • Share with care and remember, personal information is like money. What is posted online can last a lifetime: parents can teach children that any information they share online can easily be copied and is almost impossible to take back.
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This just scratches the surface of all the terrific tips that are available through the Better Business Bureau for families, teachers and administrators.  You can follow the link below to access even more helpful information.