Originally posted by no1marauder
The problem with COPPA would not be solved by this: it is the collection of personal information (e-mail addresses, hobbies) that creates the problem. Everytime a child under 13 gives such personal information, the site admin must get VERIFIABLE parental consent. What that is is unclear from the FTC requlations, but apparently an e-mail from the parent is insufficient. So the problem remains.
Assuming all sites would want to comply with COPPA, wouldn't these stipulations exclude a 12 year-old from any site, forum, chat group, even a LISTSERV that required an email address to join?
I mean, this seems to be moot here, because I can't discern anyone else's email address; everything is done through the site specifically to protect privacy. The only people that the 12 year-olds are 'exposing' themselves to are Russ and Chris.
Consider Ivanhoe, or Faith No More, for example. I don't know a verifyable thing about them. I don't know even the first names, much less information that would allow me to be predatory.
Can you explain a little more #1, because it seems that COPPA is only protecting 12 year-olds from giving out information to those who need to collect it to run a site. I mean, if I had the email, 'ilovechess@yahoo
.com' how much information could a predator glean from this?