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So, the age limit I've set has gone down like a lead baloon among those most vocal in the news comments. I'm not totally against opening it up to over 13s but it would open a whole can or worms if I did so. So I'd like to have a discussion here where we can discuss the pros and cons.
So, I'll go first...Against:
One definite thing we need to guard against is inappropriate use of the forum and the member-to-member conversation feature, and the potential to use it for grooming. LEGO is after all a child's toy and a forum such as this might reasonably be expected to have a high number of under age participants (if we let them join) and therefore may attract the wrong sort of person
. I'd be mortified if something I was responsible was used for that purpose. I suspect the chances of this are pretty close to negligible in reality, but nevertheless, there is a chance. Whether it's fair and reasonable to let that small chance influence the policy, I'd appreciate your views.Against:
Playing devil's advocate: do we adults really want teenagers butting in in our conversations and potentially swamping the place? Do we care what they have to say?For:
I'm not against teenagers per se (I have two daughters of my own, now 16 and 18) and I know they can be perfectly mature and sensible (when they want to be :-) ), and a policy like EBs which doesn't ban them outright but lets those that act maturely participate might be a model to adopt here. Let them join, if they 'appear to be adult' then they can stay, but if not, their account is disabled.