COPPA is the result of an effort to protect children's personal information from possible predators.
A child is defined as being under the age of thirteen (13).
The act requires us to gain verifiable parental consent before obtaining personal information from a child.
There is only one place on the site where any information is collected that may be considered personal. That is when someone registers on our forums and supplies an email address for security and administration purposes.
To comply with COPPA rulings, we've placed a notice on the registration page that informs the person registering that they are stating that they are not under 13 years of age.
To allow our young users to use the forums for technical support, we've made it possible to post questions without becoming a registered user of the forums or supplying an email address.
We have yet to come across any other method that is both practically and economically feasible. It is simply not easy to verify anyone's age or parental/guardian status even using the methods suggested by the FTC. If you know of one, please send us information.
We encourage you to spend time talking to your child about how to NOT disclose any personal information such as full name, email, age, address, etc. on the web in chat rooms, emails or on forums.
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