Do you know these age limits?

Picture: Sarah Good/goSupermodel

Picture: Sarah Good, a user of goSupermodel

Most of us have heard of Facebook’s age limit. Less commonly known is that many other popular social media services have restrictions for kids and young people. Those are set for three main reasons:

1) Protecting children’s privacy. Many companies providing social media services are based in USA. According to US law, users under 13-year old are not allowed to create an account on services that collect personal information, such as whole name and email address. This applies all users.

2) Understanding that kids are kids. Young children don’t always have enough wisdom to make smart decisions online.

3) Keeping children safe. Many of the mainstream social media services are targeted to youth and grown-ups. They are not as supervised as products specifically made for younger children and therefore put the kids in a higher safety risk.

In some services, it’s possible for an underaged kid to use the product with a verifiable parental consent. Other services forbid kids under a certain age completely.

List of restrictions

We made a list of the widely used social media and their age limitations. Due to country specific restrictions, the age requirements can be higher than listed.

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About the author:

Pia Edman, watAgame

Pia Edman worked as a Finnish Community Manager at watAgame from 2009 to 2015. She has several years of experience in working with online communities and online safety as well as with digital content creation and digital advertising. Pia has a master’s degree in Finnish language.

  • Anni

    March 4, 2015 at 13:53

    Thank you for the great list!
    I’m only wondering what social media service the ghost means?

    • watAgame

      March 5, 2015 at 09:18

      Thanks for the feedback, Anni! The ghost is SnapChat’s logo.

  • jade

    March 7, 2015 at 12:07

    Momio is super tof :-)

    • watAgame

      March 9, 2015 at 10:28

      Thanks! :)

  • Espen Barroso-Gomez

    August 31, 2015 at 12:43

    Good list of reasons, and good list of services – but Momio itself is missing here, and neither has a lower limit, nor requires verifiable parental consent (most children using it have never read the paragraph in the terms that state that they were not allowed to create the user without them and their parent having read the terms together).

    • watAgame

      September 11, 2015 at 19:54

      Hi Espen! Thank you for your comment!

      You’re absolutely right: Momio doesn’t have a lower age limit. Our safety systems and moderation is built in the way that content on Momio is appropriate for the lowest reading age and up. Most children in the Momio countries learn to read when they’re seven years old. We also believe that a child younger than that cannot be on Momio – creating an account without being able to read is very difficult.

      When someone creates a new account on Momio, Momio’s police officer Jack sends them a chat message asking the user to approve our terms and conditions. Jack asks the user to read them together with a parent or guardian. We agree and understand that terms and conditions are not something young children would understand on their own. That’s why Jack’s message where they are introduced is very clear.