Has anyone here ever had to really 'deal' with COPPA?

Discussion in 'Managing an Online Community' started by cheat_master30, Dec 5, 2017.

  1. cheat_master30

    cheat_master30 Moderator

    Beyond the 'you must be 13 to register' thing that most people ignore on the sign up page?

    Because I remember hearing in the past that you could accept members under that age by having their parents mail permission forums or something similar, but I don't recall ever seeing anything like this ever happening online. Heck, I don't recall ever seeing a parent getting annoyed their kid signed up on an internet forum or social media site either.

    So has anyone here actually ever dealt with that other part of the COPPA regulations? Have you ever actually been sent a parental consent form for a member under 13?
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  2. Joeychgo

    Joeychgo TAZ Administrator

    Not me. Almost 14 years and numerous sites, many 10s of thousands of members.
  3. LeadCrow

    LeadCrow Apocalypse Admin

    Never. It seems to be mostly US-specific, and a way for minors' registration to be prevented by default rather than authorized.
    Nearly all interactions occur publicly on forums except in the PM system.

    I wonder wether it would make sense for forums to have 'supervised' accounts, where a trusted user/parent would receive notifications about notable events regarding a dependant's account/PMs/friends. Accounts have traditionally been independant and separate (even alts).
  4. zappaDPJ

    zappaDPJ Administrator

    I've never had to deal with it and generally remove all reference to it as I'm based in the UK as are all the sites that I own. However...

    I've done this or something similar in the past. In simple terms we set up a user group specifically for member's children.
  5. Digital Phoenix

    Digital Phoenix Coffee Ninja

    Just out of curiosity, what niche was it?
  6. zappaDPJ

    zappaDPJ Administrator

    Computer gaming.
  7. skrinkle

    skrinkle Participant

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  8. Digital Phoenix

    Digital Phoenix Coffee Ninja

    What kind of information was being stored?
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