In the Spring of 2022, the Gator TeamChild Juvenile Law Clinic at the University of Florida Levin College of Law explored how the United States attempts to protect children’s privacy online. Through this exploration, interns studied current legislation aimed at regulating online platforms, met with a lawmaker trying to update COPPA, and collaborated with advanced students in other disciplines exploring the changing nature of social networking. Clinic interns reviewed pending bills in the United States House of Representatives and United States Senate that aim to improve outcomes for children and teens who utilize online platforms. Clinic interns also examined international approaches to online safety and privacy. What follows is a report outlining the Clinic’s findings.
Zackary Blanton, Mark Gnatowski, Madison Jenkins, Rachel Kagan, Anabelle Roy, Libby Shaw, Bri Wendol, & Monica Wilson-Reid, Children’s Online Privacy: An Overview of How Young People Use Social Media and How Lawmakers Seek to Better Protect and Empower Families Online, Gator TeamChild Juvenile Law Clinic, Virgil D. Hawkins Civil Clinics, University of Florida Levin College of Law (April 2022)