Keeping Kids Safe Online

Friday, October 8, 2010 - 3:11pm

New initiatives from the FCC and FTC designed to protect kids and teens online.

Are your kids and their personal information safe on-line?

New data suggests many parents are worried about internet safety and now a national watchdog group is calling for new, stricter guidelines for kids who log-on.

"Issues about privacy have come to the floor quite simply in ways that have never been true before," says Common Sense Media CEO Jim Steyer.

Results of a study by the watchdog group Common Sense Media show that 92 percent of parents believe their kids are sharing too much about themselves online and three-out-of four parents asked believe social networks specifically aren't doing a good job of protecting the privacy of kids.

"Clearly parents are worried about what information their children are sharing online how secure that information is and who might be collecting it and for what purpose," says Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jon Leibowitz.

Common Sense is calling on the industry to streamline safety policies and Congress to limit on-line companies and social networks from selling personal information to advertisers or third parties.

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