Letters to the Next President 2.0 is designed to support youth who are 13-18 years old in compliance with COPPA. However, we recognize that educators who work with younger students are interested in supporting their civic participation in writing a letters to the next president. We therefore offer the following options:

  • We agree to work with educators who are working in spaces with youth slightly younger than 13 and who share classroom and other learning spaces with older youth. This agreement is contingent, however, on educators meeting strict COPPA requirements. Please see more details below.
  • For educators working with youth who are significantly younger than 13, we invite you to consider ways you might engage your young people in similar civic participation projects of your own design and development. We have published resources to support this work and invite you to share the ways you are designing via social media using the hashtag #2nextprez.

Contingency for Involving Youth under 13

COPPA requires that online service providers obtain parental consent before they collect personally identifiable information online from children who are under 13. Therefore if you are a school, district, or teacher, you represent and warrant that you are solely responsible for complying with COPPA. The Hosts only collect personal information through the Services from a child under 13 where that student's school, district, and/or teacher has agreed (via the Terms of Use for this Project) to obtain parental consent for that child to use the Services and disclose personal information to us, for the use and benefit of the learning environment. When obtaining consent, you must provide parents and guardians with our Privacy Policy; you must keep all consents on file and provide them to us if we request them. For more information on COPPA, please click here.

If you are a youth under 13, please do not send any personal information about yourself to us if your school, district, and/or teacher has not obtained this prior consent from your parent or guardian, and please do not send any personal information other than what we request from you in connection with the Services.

If we learn we have collected personal information from a student under 13 without parental consent being obtained by his or her school, district, and/or teacher, or if we learn a student under 13 has provided us personal information beyond what we request from him or her, we will delete that information as quickly as possible. If you believe that a student under 13 may have provided us personal information in violation of this paragraph, please contact us at [email protected].