For many children, sending a letter to Santa Claus and getting a reply can be a thrill.
The BBB has found numerous sites that offer Santa letters for fees ranging from zero to more than $15. Until last Wednesday, Mercy Hospital's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit was offering to send the letters in exchange for a donation.
Today's BBB press release includes six tips for parents:
- Check whether the website shares information with third parties, including advertisers, and whether the company publicly discloses the information or retains the information for any future purpose.
- Determine that children are asked to share no 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. Children may be told that Santa already knows where all the children live.
- Check sites for unwelcome content. Some sites are geared toward adults and may contain language or advertising that parents may not want children to see.
- Click on hyperlinks in the website to assure that children don’t access inappropriate content.
- If you want to make perfectly sure no one invades your child’s privacy, consider writing the Santa letter yourself and sending it to the child or leaving it on your child’s bed or somewhere else where the child can find it.