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The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, known as COPPA, requires websites and any company that provides a platform
of any kind online or via mobile technology, to get parental consent before collecting or sharing information for children under
the age of 13.
As more unique and engaging education products emerge on the market, it is important to make sure that any websites or
applications used in the classroom or recommended to parents are COPPA compliant.
The FederalTrade Commission, who enforces this law, has a variety of resources for educators and parents alike on best
practices and tools.
6. Inform parents of the procedure for opting out of sharing their child’s personal information.
• Find out how the school’s contracted service providers’ allow parents to opt out or access their child’s information and
share the procedures.
7. Know when schools can or cannot consent on behalf of the parents.
• Veriﬁable parental consent is mandatory unless the service provider guarantees that student’s personal information is only
used for the beneﬁt of the school and no other commercial purpose. Review the terms of service to determine whether
student information is being shared.
8. Ensure the method used to obtain veriﬁable parental consent is FTC approved, or you can apply to the FTC for pre-approval
of a new consent mechanism.
• Check out the FTC FAQs at http://www.business.ftc.gov/documents/0493-Complying-with-COPPA-Frequently-Asked-
Questions for approved consent mechanisms.
9. Implement yearly trainings for school administration and faculty covering the school or district’s COPPA responsibilities and
• Make sure all school staff know COPPA’s requirements and what role each of them play in ensuring total compliance.
10. Educate students about online safety and privacy issues.
• Require teachers to incorporate online safety and privacy into their lesson plans.