Parental consent not required online when children hit tweens

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By Amy E. Feldman, Judge Technology Solutions
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Have you ever looked at a seventh-grader and thought, "Well, there's an adult in no need of protection from internet trolls"? 

Apparently, lawmakers have — at least as it relates to online privacy, because the laws treat children's privacy the same as adults'. 

The Children's Online Protection Privacy Act (COPPA) only prohibits companies from collecting and keeping personal data on kids without parental consent — until age 12. Once a child turns 13, there is no law that prevents companies from tracking their online presence or keeping and selling identifying details about them to advertisers. 

No matter how old kids are, parents must teach their kids never to give any information about themselves — including their names, addresses and certainly not their Social Security numbers or your credit card number — without telling you first, no matter how grown up they and lawmakers think they are.