October 17, 2011 | Posted At: 02:24 PM | Author: Alexander Russo | Category: On Capitol Hill
, Teachers, Teaching, Unions
, Technology Is Scary
Over the weekend, Emily Bazelon updated us on the growing interest
from Facebook and others in lowering the requirements for allowing children under 13 to access their site. (Last spring as you may recall Mark Zuckergberg floated -- and then retracted -- the idea of changing COPPA.) Salon has a story about how other countries
have tried to address the issue. Online protections for kids aren't technically an education issue -- they are often discussed in terms of parental rights, Internet porn, and bullying - but they will affect the shape and growth and perhaps even the quality of online offerings that are touted as educational. I'm not saying that the law should stay the same necessarily but that the debate should include more than just online companies and children's safety advocates.