Tips to keep children safe online

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According to the FTC, a website collecting personal information from kids without parental consent was hacked.

To help protect children’s privacy, the FTC enforces the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act which owners of i-Dressup, a website allowing users to play dress-up games, violated.

The website also failed to take reasonable steps to protect information which allowed a hacker to access up to two million users personal information including at least 245,000 children under 13.

The FTC reminds parents and guardians to see what their kids are doing online.

Talk to children about the issues involved with providing personal information so they understand what information should stay private.

Tell them why it is important to keep information like Social Security numbers, street addresses, phone numbers, and financial information off the internet.

If a site is putting a child’s privacy at risk, file a complaint with the FTC.

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