under age user
My granddaughter would like to start a blog about cats. She is 9 years old. If a parent registers a new blog with WordPress, will she be able to write posts on the blog under her name and enter her information in the About section?
Thank you. Pat Skene
Thirteen is the age required for registering a blog.
No problem as long as she doesn’t post her full details like contact numbers, address etc. There are some weird characters out there who have plenty of time to target children.
OOPs!!! I am wrong here. TT has given a minimum age that I am not aware of.
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Yes, I know the age restriction is 13, so my question is can it be done with parental guidance? She of course would not enter any personal details. But the blog content would be hers.
Sorry – the parents would register the blog in their name.
The Terms of Service are a contract we all agreed to in order to register a blog. Everyone of these threads is indexed by Google and made available to anyone on the interent as these forums are public forums. I don’t want to be placed in the uneviable position of suggesting anything other than what’s stated in the Terms of Service.
edit typo: unenviable position
…with respect to the WP TOS — and I’d never, ever recommend anyone break the Laws of WP — but I doubt WordPress has staff members monitoring blogs for signs of underage bloggers. If someone I knew had a nine-year old using WordPress I’d tell them to make sure they monitor every word the kid published and to moderate all comments. But then, I’m sure, I’d turn them over to WordPress for breaking the TOS.
The alternative could be Facebook, or Googl+ but I haven’t read their TOSs because I consider all these TOS’s as devices to keep lawyers busy.
Don’t know how the age of 13 was arrived at? Why not 12 or 14 or even 16? 16 is the age of majority in some countries; In UK the age is 18 when you can legally be entitled to vote and enter into a binding contract. How can WP contract be binding ona minor? what can they do in countries like UK where the WP TOS would be deemed illegal.
These TOSs are supposed to be a contract but minors can’t enter into any contracts in any jurisdictions so what happens if it is breached?
I think the staff would have to think about this. IMHO the 9 year old should be allowed to create her pictures about cats and dogs because it is a learning process for her. But who am I to give my personal opinions.. I am here gone tomorrow!!!
Nerts! “I do my opinion sharing in the Off-Topic Forum” is what I meant to type above.
I am neither staff nor a parent but the bottom link @TT has posted above does not leave a lot of wiggle room for WordPress.COM regarding kids – you can always ignore the rules and leave out age related info but that always leaves things open to suspension and not good advice anyway – the rules seem to be internet wide – my suggestion would be to contact the staff directly and ask them if your child working under your supervision on your blog would be acceptable – I do generally agree that keeping children interested in things is good – but there are a lot of not nice people in the world and the internet makes it easier for bad people to do bad things –
Above my pay-grade but maybe someone knows of a host that is geared to younger people – seems to me to also be a crime not to let your child online and share as long as it is done safely –
We have answered the OP’s support question and IMHO there’s nothing more to be said as this isn’t a discussion thread.
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