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  • I have a user who is 12.

    I believe you have to be at least 13 to be able to participate in a forum otherwise I'm are responsible for everything this person does. So what do I do?
    Ken Prescott - 21Studios freelancing design
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  • #2
    If you could somehow talk to a guardian or parent, I believe it's perfectly fine.

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    • #3
      He should have filled in the COPPA registration form when he registered. If he lied about his age and said he was over 13 when he registered, then I don't think you are liable for anything.

      However, if you do now know his age you need to get parental consent. If you wanted to do it properly you would have to put him in the COPPA usergroup and disable his posting priviledges until parental consent comes through.

      ***This is not legal advice and you should not rely on it. If you have any doubts please speak to an attorney***

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      • #4
        Hi,

        I never cared about COPPA, because most of my users are on their way to an IT certification (MS), so minimum 16 years old, mostly older.

        Is Coppa an issue in Europe (EU) or Germany anyway?

        thx,
        -Tom

        P.S: Sorry, don't mean to OT
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        • #5
          no, it's not an issue in europe, or any other place that isn't america, I believe
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          • #6
            Thanks Menno
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            • #7
              What if it is a British owned board but the actual server is in America? If the actual site is hosted on an American computer do laws like COPPA then apply? I guess the internet sparks off plenty of weird situation like this!

              I donít think I have any members under 12 (I think the youngest is 14 or 15) and to be honest I would rather not have to bother going through all that COPPA stuff.

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              • #8
                If your site is in the United States then COPPA applies. It could go so far as if you do business in the United States, i.e. let American's join then you could be sued under COPPA if a parent goes that far. However the second instance would depend on your country's trade agreements and treaties with the U.S.

                As with all legal issues, to determine your culpability to a law whether foreign or domestic you should consult an Attorney.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Thomas P
                  I never cared about COPPA, because most of my users are on their way to an IT certification (MS), so minimum 16 years old, mostly older.
                  You may want to re-think that, I started working on my MCSA when I was 14

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                  • #10
                    Everyone here always talk about their qualifications, professions, certificates etc, it makes me feel so dumb

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