(WXYZ) - The Better Business Bureau is advising parents to be on alert when it comes to “Dear Santa” sites this Christmas.
The BBB reports more than 60 domain names have been registered in the name of Santa Claus and not all have the same wholesome intent as the real Jolly St. Nick.
All of the sites offer children the opportunity to email Santa with their wish list but some could potentially share personal information.
Parents are encouraged to review the site before allowing their child access. They should be able to determine who is requesting the information, how it will be used and if it will be shared with third parties.
CARU offers the following tips when reviewing a “Dear Santa” site:
- Check to see what they want you to hand over. Websites directed to children should not ask a child to disclose more information than is reasonably necessary to participate in the activity – a first name and email address, for instance.
- Limit the personal information children share with Santa and omit physical addresses. In many cases, there really shouldn’t be a need to share this information. Especially since Santa already knows where all the children live.
- Check websites for unwelcome content. Some sites are geared toward adults and may contain language or advertising adults may not want children to see.
- Check the links. Since hyperlinks can allow children to move seamlessly from one site to another, investigate the hyperlinks to assure children don’t access inappropriate content.
Parents, have you run into any fake “Dear Santa” sites with your child? Help warn others in the comments section below.
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