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    NPR: Keeping Up With Kids’ Online Privacy

    NPR takes a look at children and online privacy issues:

    “Youth are much savvier about their online privacy than most adults give them credit for,” says Rey Junco, a faculty associate at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society. In the final installment of Tell Me More’s series Social Me, Junco tells NPR’s Michel Martin that research into teenagers’ online behavior on sites like Facebook show that they adjust privacy settings and behave in ways that prove “they’re very aware of privacy issues.”

    But that’s not to say kids don’t need further protection. Junco explains that the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, or COPPA, was set up to keep their information private. And it has recently been revised to keep up with the changing technologies available to children. [...]

    These days, anyone who goes online must be aware that their personal information and search histories can be tracked. There are tools for your browser that can block this monitoring, but the challenge is today’s Internet business model. Even websites that are free to access make money, because data is “harvested and used for advertising.” Junco explains that this is done “in ways that we would consider an unacceptable privacy breach for our children.”

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