A ‘moment like no other’ for children’s privacy

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When Kalinda Raina’s 5-year-old started kindergarten last year, she didn’t know how to use her iPad to join a class, submit assignments, take a selfie or show herself on a video call. But she learned all that within the first few weeks of school.

Products and services marketed to children and teens have grown drastically in recent years, but the COVID-19 pandemic increased kids’ digital activities at what seemed like lightning speed. Classes, doctor’s appointments, social interactions, even extracurricular activities like piano lessons, all moved online.

Legislators are paying attention, closely examining the impact of digital platforms on kids, and proposing updates to the U.S. Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act as well as several pieces of separate legislation to enhance children’s privacy protections online. Momentum is also building toward a comprehensive federal privacy law.

It’s created what Common Sense Media Senior Counsel, Global Policy Ariel Fox Johnson, CIPP/US, said is a “moment like no other in the last 10 to 20 years.�

“There’s such

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