Disney & Common Sense Media Tackle Internet Safety

Sean Bryant

We here at Inversoft take children’s online safety seriously. We continuously work to update and develop new solutions to keep up with the ever expanding, trend changing world of ours. Our commitment is solely based on providing the safest and most engaging online experience for every age and demographic while providing the online property the means to protect their brand and user at the same time.

Internet Safety

Many questions arise on how to educate the younger generation as well as the parent in best practices when engaging online. With so many avenues and resources, it can be difficult to find the best and most receptive approach.

Inversoft is extremely happy to announce a source of information that will engage, teach, and entertain.

Disney has teamed with Common Sense Media to help kids and tweens understand the importance of online safety while providing families with the ‘tips and tools’ to safely navigate the digital world. The hit series “Dog With A Blog” will be airing an episode directed around online safety.

The episode “My Parents Posted What?!,” shines light on the importance of understanding social networks and the repercussions that can occur when practical jokes go south.

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Gated Chat: All Ages Online Community

Mike Moloughney

Gated Chat

Gated Chat

The demographic of a virtual world that offers real-time chat between users will determine the user-generated content (UGC) that is allowed. For communities targeted at kids, one way to prevent inappropriate UGC from reaching the younger members of the community is to implement a gated chat system. With gated chat there are typically 3 options:

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COPPA Compliance: Safe Harbor

Sean Bryant

Inversoft has provided a shortened version of the ‘Business and Parents and Small Entity Compliance Guide’.

Safe Harbor

 

1. How can I qualify as a Commission-approved COPPA safe harbor program?

A member of the industry or person must submit 'self-regulatory' guidelines to the FTC for approval. The Commission is required to publish the safe harbor application in the Federal Register (for public comment), and then writes a determination on the application within 180 days of filing.

COPPA safe harbor applications must contain:

  • Applicant's business model and technological capabilities and tools it will use to assess member operator's information collection practices
  • A copy of the full text of the safe harbor program’s guidelines and any accompanying commentary
  • A comparison of each program guideline with each corresponding Rule provision and a statement of how each guideline meets the Rule’s requirements
  • A statement of how the assessment mechanisms and disciplinary consequences provide effective COPPA enforcement.

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COPPA Compliance: Limit Information Collection

Sean Bryant

Inversoft has provided a shortened version of the ‘Business and Parents and Small Entity Compliance Guide’.

Information Collection
1. If I operate a social networking service and a parent revokes her consent to my maintaining personal information collected from the child, can I deny that child access to my service?

Yes.
2. I know that the Rule says I cannot condition a child’s participation in a game or prize offering on the child’s disclosing more information than is reasonably necessary to participate in those activities. Does this limitation apply to other online activities?

Yes. The Rule includes games, prize offerings and "another activity". Minimize and examine carefully how you collect information with every activity so it is "reasonably" necessary.

 

For more information on COPPA FAQs and COPPA Schools click here.

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COPPA: Disclosure of Information to Third Parties

Sean Bryant

Inversoft has provided a shortened version of the ‘Business and Parents and Small Entity Compliance Guide’.

Third parties

1. If I want to share children’s personal information with a service provider or a third party, how should I evaluate whether the security measures that entity has in place are “reasonable” under the Rule?

You need to determine what data practices the third parties have in place for maintaining the confidentiality of that data, and what security is in place to prevent unwanted exposure or access to personal information.

How your users data is being used by the third party' or service' needs to be thoroughly defined and addressed by contractual agreement.

It is important to periodically monitor/checkup on the third party to confirm they are maintaining confidentiality and security of your users personal information.

2. If a third party discovers that it has been collecting information via a child-directed service, what are its obligations regarding information it has already collected?

It must comply with COPPA by:

  • Stop collecting any personal information
  • Delete all relevant information on users and close their accounts or;
  • Take all information offline and take the necessary steps the Rule requires for parental notification and consent
  • If immediate consent is not obtained by the parent the information must be deleted and account closed

 

For more information on COPPA FAQs click here.

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