Child Online Protection Measures across the States of America
In order to childproof the Internet use, the Government of the United States enacted regulatory instruments that apply to the online collection of personal information from minors, and include restrictions on the advertising inappropriate products on websites targeted towards them.
The fundamental principles and restrictions on child online safety are specified in the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) and the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA). At the same time, many states of the USA also have their own regulatory instruments to make the online environment a safer place for kids.
Louisiana and Maryland require Internet service providers to make online parental control software, which allow parents to block or limit websites their children visit, available to users, who are residents of the states.
Nevada requires Internet providers to offer their users products or services that allow regulating and monitoring child online activities.
Texas requires interactive computer service providers to place a link to free monitoring and filtering software on a visible place of their websites. There is also a civil penalty of $2,000 for each day of non-compliance with the conditions.
Utah requires Internet providers to allow users use filtering software for free to prevent children from facing inappropriate content on the web.
Delaware prevents companies that provide educational software from compromising personal data of schoolchildren. The state also ensures that services and products meant for adults are not targeted towards children. Importantly, the General Assembly has passed four bills on Attorney General’s online privacy and safety agenda, which can ultimately make Delaware the safest state in America, where kids can use the Internet.