Quick Look: Why We Don't Need to Protect Children From The Internet

In light of upcoming revisions to Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule, Jeff Jarvis, the author of Public Parts: How Sharing in the Digital Age Improves the Way We Work and Live, makes an intriguing argument: "Children need to play online, too. They should create and get credit for their creativity. They should be able to establish a relationship with an educational site where they can track their own progress. Technology and the net don’t just present danger; they afford opportunity. But by focusing only on the former, we can risk losing sight of the latter."

The Federal Trade Commission is recommending updates to the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), which sounds timely, wise, and worthy. But it is doing so blind to the impact and unintended consequences of its regulation.

Read more at: ideas.time.com

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