Last Updated: Feb 09, 2017     Views: 58

BiblioCommons is designed to be in compliance with COPPA (the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act).  This allows children under the age of 13 to participate in features like rating titles and creating lists, yet still protects their online privacy.

An important feature of COPPA is to restrict the use of free text by children under 13 - which affects the creation of usernames.  During initial sign up, children are given the opportunity to select a color and an animal as their username.  A unique number identifier is added if somebody else has already chosen that combination:
 

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If your child wants a different username, they can go into their account settings and choose a new color/animal combination.  Once they turn 13 they will be able to use free text to change their username.

Parents can give their children permission to enter free text comments in BiblioCommons, but unfortunately this does not apply to usernames.

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