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COPPA requirements (under 13s) age restriction

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COPPA requirements (under 13s) age restriction

Post by TGC HARDC0RE on July 29th 2010, 4:57 pm

Due to the COPPA requirements can i put an age restriction on my forum so under 13s can't join?

12.1 COPPA Requirements:
You are required to protect the privacy of users under 13 years old. There are three types of registration for users under 13. You may select the type that fits you community and needs best, but you must enforce rules related to the registration type you select. You may not suggest or encourage users to lie about their age to bypass any COPPA registration/profile restrictions. You must remove any personally identifiable information from posted Content if the user has not filed a form. If you request personally identifiable information on your board, you must specifically state it excludes users under 13 years old. If you become aware of a user under 13 years old that has not entered an accurate birthday, you must have them update their birthday in their profile. You are required to delete any users who mention that they are under 13 years old if you have opted to ban user under 13 years old from registering.

So basically - If these rules are not met, you must delete the user. Nothing will happen to your forum and no further action is taken against your board unless you allow the members to post any form of personal information. It's for the safety of the members who are under 13. You have members here in their 30s and you have members who are 10 - without parental consent that is not safe.

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Re: COPPA requirements (under 13s) age restriction

Post by Sanket on July 29th 2010, 7:14 pm

Yes you can.

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Re: COPPA requirements (under 13s) age restriction

Post by TGC HARDC0RE on July 29th 2010, 7:32 pm

how do i do it?

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Re: COPPA requirements (under 13s) age restriction

Post by Sanket on July 29th 2010, 7:39 pm

Do what? You can just add a note while registering that users below 13 should not join. There is no other way to compulsorily avoid them.

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Re: COPPA requirements (under 13s) age restriction

Post by SonicFanGurl on July 29th 2010, 7:49 pm

@Sanket wrote:Do what? You can just add a note while registering that users below 13 should not join. There is no other way to compulsorily avoid them.

Actually there is.
Not fool proof but it does block users under 13 to join.
Go to Admin Cp --> Users & Groups --> Users Options

Scroll down and you will see birthdays.
You can set your minimum age and maximum age there.

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Re: COPPA requirements (under 13s) age restriction

Post by Sanket on July 29th 2010, 7:55 pm

Well, i will put 14. So i can overcome it.

Its better to add the text while registering.

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Post by SonicFanGurl on July 29th 2010, 7:58 pm

@Sanket wrote:Well, i will put 14. So i can overcome it.

Its better to add the text while registering.

Yeah I would highly suggest added to your Terms and Agreements before you join.
To do this go to Admin Cp -> General -> Additional Rules

There you could add more at the bottom of terms and conditions page before your guests join.

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