How can we keep our kids safe online?
With the digital age well and truly entrenched in our lives and our children spending more and more time online, internet protection for kids has become a never ending issue for parents.
This is such a problem that the federal government has issued an update on the problem of internet protection for kids, specifically when they use toys that are connected to the internet. These so-called Smart Toys can apparently be hacked or at the very least can have problems with privacy when they are connected to the internet.
Even young children use iPads to access interactive leraning programs online. It is fair to say that our kids are growing up too fast, but holding them back and not giving them internet access is not going to work. So what does work?
Update from the FTC on Internet protection for kids
In June 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) updated its guidelines on COPPA (the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act) to clarify that the COPPA business guidance − The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule: A Six-Step Compliance Plan for Your Business to include internet connected toys.
The FTC in one of their publications states that:
It is important to establish strong data security practices, including: implementing strong encryption standards (HTTPS / TLS) so that the toy will not send personal information over insecure channels, or store personal information in an insecure format on the toy itself; ensuring that technical safeguards prevent the toy from communicating with unauthorized devices or servers; and avoiding the creation of passwords that cannot be changed by users or the use of the same default password for all toys.
Hopefully, as the law catches up with the continual advances in technology, we can begin to feel more confident about our children’s privacy online.
Internet protection for kids – Online sources