Children’s Advertising Review Unit
Monitoring and EnforcementCARU monitors child-directed media to ensure that advertising is truthful, accurate, appropriate, and compliant with its self-regulatory guidelines, and that online marketing is compliant with both the CARU guidelines and the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”).
Pre-Screening ServiceFrom concept to final cut, CARU’s pre-screening services help businesses and agencies spot and correct problems before ads and promotional websites go live. Take advantage of our one-on-one support as you navigate COPPA and CARU compliance.
COPPA Safe Harbor ServicesCARU is the first FTC-approved Safe Harbor Program under the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) and can help your company achieve its business goals while ensuring compliance with COPPA requirements, other applicable online data privacy laws, and CARU’s guidelines.
CARU partners have access to benefits and resources including:
Access to CARU experts to answer your questions about advertising and privacy issues directed to children
Advertising pre-screening and guidance from expert staff
Invitation to the annual Supporters’ Council Meeting to discuss industry challenges
20% discount on Safe Harbor Program services
Special rates for CARU conferences and events
Guidelines & Procedures
CARU leads the development and ongoing management of advertising guidelines for children (defined as individuals age 12 or younger). To help businesses and advertisers, CARU provides education, one-on-one support, and legal guidance on:
- How to be compliant in the delivery of everything from digital ads to product packaging
- The art of delivering for an impressionable and vulnerable child audience
- Children’s privacy, unique to digital content and data collection for children age 12 and under (these guidelines reflect changes in COPPA)
- How to approach product presentations, appropriate disclosures, sweepstakes and contests, safety, endorsements, and sales pressure
News & Blog
CARU Determines Social Media Platform Discord Complies with COPPA and CARU Guidelines with Proper Protections for Children Under 13
Risky Business: A New Study Assessing Teen Privacy in Mobile Apps
Defining 'Child-Directed' and Addressing New Technology: Discussing COPPA Updates at CARU 2020
What Parents Need to Know About Mobile App and Device Permissions
CARU Conference: Virtual Series