In compliance with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), any child under the age of 13 must have parental consent for the collection, use, or disclosure of that child’s personal information by a website.
Use the forms below to provide to parents. They must sign the form and give it to a Chief Editor if they want their under 13 year old child to have their own TreeRing account.
Under 13 Parent Consent Form English
It looks like next year's contract has changed and now all students need the completed COPPA form. Can I ask how best to document receipt of the form on the website and how to restrict use of the file sharing/custom pages option for students who want to purchase a book but have not submitted the COPPA form?
FYI, we've always required COPPA compliance and haven't changed our contract language.
The best way to restrict is to only enter the email address of students that are under 13 whose parents have signed the form. If you have any students that are under 13 and you don't have parent consent, please notify us and we can remove them immediately.
Since we have 6th, 7th and 8th graders in our yearbook, do I need new consent forms each year (6th and 7th grade) or can they sign one in 6th grade that covers them until they turn 13 in 7th grade? I have a binder that I keep all of this information in behind my desk, within reach as I am asked to produce information.
When it comes to student data privacy it never hurts to be over-careful. I'd recommend getting a new consent form from the parent each year.
If you only have the parent email in the system, do you need the consent form?
No we do not. COPPA only applies to when a student under 13 is using the TreeRing website.
So, the consent does not need to be signed if the parent has the account only? It only needs to be signed if the child under 13 has their own email account in use with the website?
Hi Sarah - Yes, that is correct.