BBB Advises Parents to Monitor Children Online
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Thanks to advances in technology, Santa can be tracked online as he travels around the world on Christmas Eve.
If your children want to follow Santa’s route, you can find many websites that will track his trek across the globe.
“Some of these websites are nice, but some are naughty, so it’s important for parents to monitor your children’s activities online,” said BBB President Tom Bartholomy.
The most popular Santa tracking website is NORAD with 22 million people following Santa’s trip last Christmas Eve.
NORAD has a new downloadable app to follow Santa on your smartphone or on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.
NORAD has partnered with Microsoft to offer Santa tracking in 3-D this year.
“NORAD has also announced that Santa will be escorted by two fighter jets,” said Bartholomy.
“If children are concerned for Santa’s safety, parents should be prepared to explain how the military escort makes his trip faster.”
Google will unveil a new Santa tracker this year using Google Maps.
- The website’s information collection practices.
- The name of the company and the company’s complete contact information.
- Whether the company shares information with third parties, including advertisers.
- Whether the company publically discloses information it gathers or retains the information for any future purpose.
The BBB has the following advice for parents whose children want to follow Santa online on Christmas Eve.
- Do not allow your children to give out personal information online.
- Check websites for unwelcome content. Some Santa websites are for adults and may contain language or advertising that is not for children.
For more information, please visit BBB or call 1-877-317-7236 toll-free in N.C. and S.C.