April 29, 2024 —— iKeepSafe awarded its COPPA Safe Harbor Badge to PlayVS in recognition of their alignment with iKeepSafe’s guidelines surrounding the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). As part of this achievement, PlayVS will display the iKeepSafe COPPA Assessment badge and COPPA Safe Harbor seal to identify that the product has been proactively and independently assessed by an experienced privacy protection organization.

The iKeepSafe COPPA Assessment badge assists schools to easily identify websites, apps, data management platforms, or other technology products that are in compliance with COPPA, a federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. Products that carry the iKeepSafe Safe Harbor program seal provide educators and parents with assurance that the product is compliant with COPPA, a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Rule designed to ensure that parents remain in control of personal information collected from their children online.

PlayVS is a scholastic esports platform with a mission to bring the many benefits of esports to as many students and players as possible. Through PlayVS, players, coaches, educators, and parents are able to be a part of a single community, while enjoying the camaraderie and character-building that comes with gaming and friendly competition.

“iKeepSafe congratulates PlayVS on taking this essential step in protecting youths’ personal information,” said Amber Lindsay, president and CEO of iKeepSafe. “Each day, more people are making privacy and safety a priority. It is important that they have a quick means of determining whether products are safe to use.”

Products participating in the iKeepSafe COPPA assessment must undergo annual re-evaluation to continue displaying the iKeepSafe badge. For the evaluation, to verify PlayVS’ COPPA compliance, an independent privacy expert reviewed PlayVS, their privacy policy and practices, as well as their data security practices.

For over a decade, iKeepSafe has been a trusted resource for schools and parents looking for balanced information about safe and healthy use of connected technologies.

For more information about PlayVS, visit https://playvs.com.

About PlayVS

PlayVS (pronounced Play Versus) is North America’s leading scholastic esports platform, on a mission to unlock the many benefits of esports for players everywhere. PlayVS offers a single community in which players, coaches, educators and parents come together to compete and grow through the power of esports. Through the platform, players are provided with experiences to hone teamwork, skill development and a sense of inclusion, which have proven, tangible outcomes on their academics, health, and social lives. To learn more about PlayVS, visit https://playvs.com/.

About iKeepSafe

The Internet Keep Safe Coalition (iKeepSafe) certifies digital products as compliant with state and federal requirements for handling protected personal information. We help organizations achieve and maintain compliance through product assessments, monthly monitoring, annual training, and assistance with remediation.

Governors, First Spouses, and State Attorneys General from throughout the United States joined with law enforcement agencies, and child safety advocates in the formation of the Internet Keep Safe Coalition (iKeepSafe) a national effort promoting the safe and healthy use of technology. iKeepSafe was founded by Jacalyn S. Leavitt, former First Lady of Utah, in 2005. Over the past decade, iKeepSafe has evolved into a leading organization trusted internationally by families, educators, and industry.