Challenges in Protecting Children on the Internet

U.S. children ages 8 to 18 spend over 7 hours a day using electronic media. This includes television, music, computer use, and video game use.1 This also means that children may be exposed to age-inappropriate content, online marketing, online harassment and bullying, and inappropriate data collection activities. Parents, schools, and website providers all have different roles to play in protecting children when they are online. It is not unusual to hear about cases where website operators run afoul of the laws that attempt to protect children:

  • In 2019, a social media company paid $170 million to settle charges with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and New York attorney general. The FTC alleged ...

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