COPPA Challenges, Lies and the Future

I’ve been thinking a lot about the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) and how it impacts the tools and service we can use in our school’s.


Mark Zucherberg brought the issue a lot of attention when he said he wants to take on COPPA as he said “My phi­los­o­phy… is that for edu­ca­tion, you need to start at a really, really young age.


Danah Boyd spoke on WNYC’s On The Media about how COPPA is teaching parents and students to lie when filling in the registration forms for services and sites like Facebook and Google.


All of this has the FTC asking for public comment and suggestions until December 23, 2011 to make changes to the Rule.


In a post on my site I look at all of these things along with how school are coping – Dealing with COPPA: Compliance, the lies and the future.


[There’s also a piece on COPPA and your AppleID too…]

William Stites

Director of Technology at Montclair Kimberley Academy

Director of Technology for Montclair Kimberley Academy (, "Blogger in Chief" for, consultant for Educational Collaborators, husband and father of two crazy boys. All that and still trying to find time to write and share as much as I can with you here and at