Due to these criticisms, many advocate that the most effective solution to protecting
children online is through the old school approach: education. These advocates feel that by
simply educating parents and children about what is happening online, we can better
protect children then any provision in COPPA.
Despite the above criticisms, it is evident that COPPA is here to stay and will
remain the main legislative source for protection of children’s privacy online. Yet, as
technology continues to advance, COPPA will have to stay current by enacting frequent
updates to the law.
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