COPPA is the Children’s Online Privacy and Protection Act (2014). Originally approved in 2000, it is a piece of federal legislation to protect children’s personal information online and prevents companies collecting this information from children under 13 without parental permission. This is why most social media accounts have a minimum age of 13, as under COPPA, at 13 young people can consent to the website using their data.  COPPA raises issues for foster carers as it is not clear in the legislation if COPPA is a Parental Responsibility decision. It is advisable to get consent for setting up, or managing existing online accounts for children under 13 when they become looked after, from the LA as part of the delegated authority support tool.

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