ERIC Number: EJ1207858
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Abstractor: As Provided
What's in a Policy? Evaluating the Privacy Policies of Children's Apps and Websites
Zimmerle, Joanna C.; Wall, Anne S.
Computers in the Schools, v36 n1 p38-47 2019
Although the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) was enacted 20 years ago, the recently updated General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has renewed public interest in privacy policies. Under both COPPA and GDPR, companies must abide by strict regulations protecting children's personal data. Lengthy and oftentimes ambiguous policies contribute to misinformed users agreeing to terms that might compromise a child's data. This article provides guidelines for evaluating privacy policies for children that can be used by teachers, parents, and, where appropriate, even the children themselves. Resources from Common Sense Education, including free digital citizenship lesson plans and a review repository of popular apps and websites for children, are also highlighted.
Descriptors: Privacy, Computer Security, Computer Oriented Programs, Web Sites, Information Policy, Information Security, Users (Information), Elementary School Teachers, Elementary School Students, Electronic Learning, Guidelines
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: Teachers; Parents
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