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If you have children who are under the age of 13 and who go online, you should be aware of a new law that will help you protect their privacy.  It is called the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). It protects the privacy of your kids while they’re online by requiring verifiable parental consent from the child's parent before collecting, using, or disclosing personal information from a child under the age of 13. 

Your children do not have to provide any personal identification information when they visit the healthfinder® kids Web site.

No registration or login is required to access this site.  Please see our privacy policies for adults and for kids.  

Under COPPA, there are a few exceptions that permit collection of a child's e-mail address without getting the parent's consent in advance:

  • To respond to a one time request from a child.

  • To collect a child's or parent's e-mail address to provide notice and seek consent.

  • To respond more than once to a child's request (for example, subscription to a newsletter). However, parental consent is required prior to the second communication.

  • To protect the safety of a child who is participating on the site (for example, in a chat room).

  • To protect the site or to respond to law enforcement (for example, in the case of site compromise or hack).

External Links

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has taken every reasonable precaution to ensure the safety of your child's privacy on all HHS Web pages provided for kids' use. We have attempted to ensure that each hyperlink we present complies with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act. Because of the dynamic nature of the Internet, we cannot ensure a safe space once the child leaves the HHS environment. HHS exit pages are provided to inform you and your child when the child leaves. Here are some things you can do:

If you have any other questions about this Web site, you can write to us at:

Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
P.O. Box 1133
Washington, DC  20013-1133

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