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Social networking age restrictions

Different social networking sites have different age restrictions and requirements about parental permission in their user agreements. For example:

  • Flickr requires minors to confirm that they have parental consent.

  • Facebook strongly recommends that minors ask their parents’ permission before sending any information about themselves to anyone over the internet.

  • Myspace and Facebook require users to be over 13 years and have certain automatic settings relating to privacy and accessing certain content for those under 18.

Falsifying age declarations can have unintended consequences, such as having an account deleted or being exposed to inappropriate material. It is a good idea to become familiar with the sections of the user agreements and privacy statements of social networking sites which relate to age restrictions and parental permissions.