What Parents Should Know About the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998
The general rule of COPPA is that children's information has to be protected online. It has two sides of protection.
If a website plans to gather information from children under the age of 13, they must secure verifiable consent from a parent and publicly state how the information will be collected, used and disclosed somewhere on the website. Protected information includes their name, address, e-mail address, telephone number and their Social Security Number.
Parents have a right to secure parental access to their child's account, as long as they confirm their identity with the website owner. They then have a right to know the website's policy for privacy, and they may demand that the website stops collecting information from their child and they may request that any existing information be deleted.
Note that the website must verify the parent's identity. Possible options include a toll-free hotline, a signed postcard, a digital signature in an e-mail or a verified credit card number.
If you'd like more tips for keeping your child safe online, read more in the linked article.