Protecting Children Online

Whether it is identity theft, online tracking, or profiling, the Internet can be an open door to a child’s personal information. A Wall Street Journal investigation into online privacy last year found that popular children’s websites install more tracking technologies on personal computers than do the top websites aimed at adults.

Children’s Online Privacy Panel

California Attorney General Kamala Harris had just managed to successfully unnerve a group of about 100 parents and educators with this online exchange between two 16-year-olds. Those in the crowd, which had gathered Monday night at the Center For Early Education for a panel on children's online privacy, muttered worriedly among themselves as they tried to decipher the instant message language.

Controversial Online Piracy Bill, Gains Support

Several lawmakers expressed support Wednesday for a controversial online piracy bill aimed at curbing online piracy as lobbying over the issue reached a fever pitch.

The Circuit: E.U. Privacy, Online Piracy, Facebook

In an interview with The Washington Post, the European Union’s chief privacy regulator, Viviane Reding, said that self-regulation measures can be “little more than a fig leaf,” and that every citizen has a right to his or her own data.

FDA Acts to Stop Illegal Tobacco Sales to Kids

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration sent Warning Letters to more than 1,200 retailers, the majority of which respond to violations relating to selling tobacco to minors, as part of its ongoing effort to reduce tobacco use among children.

Electronic Cigarettes to be Regulated as Tobacco Products

Electronic cigarettes are now on FDA list to have age verification by January 2012. Aristotle will be offering age verification products to these companies starting immediately.

Regulators Say Social Network Violated Child Privacy Law

Skid-e-Kids describes itself as a Facebook for children ages 7 to 14. It allows them to watch “age-appropriate” movies and socialize with their friends, and it stipulates that “parents are in charge.”

FOSI Asks: What is Safe and Healthy Online Use?

The Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) will host its 5th Annual Conference and Exhibition: "Evaluate. Innovate. Collaborate. Strategies for Safe and Healthy Online Use."

Flawed Facebook Research

From the Center for Digital Democracy, flawed Facebook and COPPA study funded by Microsoft fails to ask the right questions, presents disturbing conflicts of interest throughout.

The Problem with Parents Helping Kids Lie to Get on Facebook

A new study from Harvard, New York University and Berkeley researchers finds that "many parents knowingly allow their children to lie about their age--in fact, often help them to do so--in order to gain access to age-restricted sites in violation of those sites' terms of service."

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