users must be 13 years old

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users must be 13 years old

Postby ultimatehandyman » Mon Sep 03, 2007 8:20 pm

When you sign up to join a phpbb forum there is a page that says you have to be 13 years old or above to joint the forum.

Is this a legal requirement and should it be on every phpbb board?

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Postby dcz » Tue Sep 04, 2007 9:33 am

It's just the default, to comply with US laws and COPPA.

So I guess it's not always required depending on where the website is hosted, but, since the US citizen are quite many on the web, and given that many phpBB admin did not alter this bit, it's pretty much a universal standard, it's just "by law" for US based sites.

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Postby ultimatehandyman » Wed Sep 05, 2007 7:38 am

Thanks :wink:
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Postby amanda123 » Sun Nov 11, 2007 7:26 pm

we should also allow people below 13 .it as such not fair done to them if they are interested
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Postby dcz » Sun Nov 18, 2007 1:28 pm

Well, it's a matter of US laws, and actually, I do think that limit should be set for children to start using the web and be involved in a community.

Of course, there must be some young geeks around, interested into coding and SEO, with good points to share, but, it's pretty logical to have their parents to decide about which community they could be involved in.

The COPPA system only makes so users bellow 13 must have their parent's authorisation before they can join. It's not exactly like if they could not at all.

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