Submission Number: 561789-00019
Received: 9/16/2012 12:08:09 AM
Commenter: Amy Mendelson Cheeley
Agency: Federal Trade Commission
Initiative: 16 CFR Part 312; Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule; Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking; Project No. P104503
Attachments: No Attachments
Thank you for the opportunity to comment.
I am concerned that Children (considered "minors", under the age of 18) are accessing the internet with more frequency and with little or no adult supervision.
The age of 13 is simply too young of a dividing line for websites that portend to be for children, and adult sites (such as Facebook). It should be 18. If you ask a 13-17 year old to make adult decisions, they will, but they will be adult decisions that kids are making. We don't allow 13-17 year olds to vote, go to war, and/or allow them to potentially harm themselves by smoking cigarettes. We don't ask them to make adult decisions.
I would urge you to reconsider child safety when you review this legislation. There should be a clearer delineation and oversight for "age appropriate" ratings of websites. And companies need to be responsible for minor's "accessing" their site. I have some suggestions below:
1) There needs to be parental approval and parents need to have "full access" to websites that their child uses/accesses until they are 18.
2) Surely there are web developers around that can figure out how to have tighter checks and balances to make sure that kids aren't on inappropriate sites. Have we engaged "experts" to see if this is possible?
3) And, what about a rating system? We have G, PG, and PG-13 movies. Why can't we come up with some sort of oversight system so that kids can be kids?
We have placed the burden on children to make adult decisions. Government regulations are enabling this by believing that the age of 13 is an appropriate age for children to be involved in Adult content sites, without parental notification/and/or oversight. IT SHOULD BE 18.
Please try to balance the needs of business, the free enterprise system with the needs of our children.
I appreciate your time and consideration. If you would like some assistance from me, or if there is anything that I can do to assist you, please don't hesitate to let me know. I would like to help in anyway.