Children's Online Privacy Protection Act


The Federal Children's Online Privacy Protection Act ("COPPA") of 1998 (and amended in 2011) is intended to protect the privacy of children under the age of 13 by requesting parental consent for the collection or use of any personal information of the users. The Kentfield School District has reviewed, approved and collated the privacy policies and terms of use for all of the online websites and applications currently in use by teachers and students. The approved list of websites and applications has been posted to the District website in the Technology section as a PDF titled "List of Approved Apps and Websites."

Due to the COPPA rule, these websites and applications require users under the age of 13, and sometimes under the age of 18, to obtain their parent's permission before creating  an individual online account. Depending on the site, the terms of use generally may ask that the permission come in the form of parental email addresses, signed forms, credit cards, or other methods of verifying that a responsible adult has approved the use. Because many sites have great educational value and because asking parents to repeatedly submit permission forms is burdensome, the Kentfield School District policy book now contains a provision for school administrators to authorize the use of certain sites without each student obtaining parental permission.

Parents who do not want teachers to set up an account for their child on any of the following websites or applications must notify the school in writing. Generally, students only set up accounts when directed to do so by their teacher or because they find the site useful in completing a school assignment.

Teachers who wish to use websites or applications not contained in the approved list should consult with District administrative and technical staff so that the District can ascertain whether the website is COPPA-compliant.

Teachers and parents should note that some sites do not allow children under the age of 13 to create accounts regardless of parental permission. If parents find that a site in use at school requires all users to be 13 or older (with or without the consent of the school, teacher, parent or guardian), they should notify the District in writing so that the District can remove the website or application from the curriculum and inform teachers and students that it is not to be used in the future.

More information on COPPA can be found at the Federal Trade Commision's website.