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Subject: Where to report an underage member?
Date Posted: 11/12/2008 9:20 PM ET
Member Since: 6/8/2005
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I just came across a member who posted a link to another site, on which her age is listed as 15.

I know that PBS members must be at least 18.

Should I report this?  If so, where and how?

 

 

Date Posted: 11/12/2008 9:23 PM ET
Member Since: 9/24/2005
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Yes report it. Go to the help center and click contact the PBS team and they will check it out.



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Date Posted: 11/12/2008 9:40 PM ET
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I can't find anywhere to click to contact the PBS team.  What exactly does the link say?

Date Posted: 11/12/2008 9:44 PM ET
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Never mind.  I found it. 

Thank you!

 

 

Date Posted: 11/12/2008 9:44 PM ET
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Up at the top of this page click on the word help center. When the new page comes up look down to the right and click on Contact the PBS team.

Date Posted: 11/12/2008 9:44 PM ET
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Good:)

Date Posted: 11/12/2008 10:40 PM ET
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I think there's a "rash" of underage members.  I've come across a couple in the last week or so.  They were on PBS and said what their age was in their profile.  Guess they didn't read the rules either.  There are those who I get suspicious about because they have obvious younger reader books (not kids books per se) that adults wouldn't read - I'm not referring to Harry Potter either.  And when I've read their profile they definitely seem young by the tone of their wording.  I also was in a PM situation with someone who's PM style was so young like when they text of IM each other.  The age stated was 19 and maybe that person was a young 19, but I was a little suspicious.  Couldn't do anything about it.  Hope they do okay.

Ruth

Date Posted: 11/12/2008 11:22 PM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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I would report it to PBS.  Someone recently posted on here that another member's mother reamed them out for sending an erotic book to their teenage daughter.  Well how was the sender supposed to know she was sending to an underage member?  I know a few adults on here that read YA books so don't assume that because someone has them on their shelf that they're underage. Also people will post and order books for their kids. That's OK but the under 18 person should not be managing the account. 

Date Posted: 11/13/2008 10:54 AM ET
Member Since: 6/30/2006
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My son (who is 18) occasionally helps his 9 year-old sister to sign up for some site or another without a thought--and without a glance at the requirements.

I recently found she now has a facebook page. We checked the rules. It took me about 3 seconds to find "Any registration by, use of or access to the Site by anyone under 13, or by anyone who is under 18 and not in high school or college, is unauthorized, unlicensed and in violation of these Terms of Use"  (Of course right on the front page of facebook.com it says, "It's free and anyone can join." Those letters are much bigger and easier to find.

I told him to quit signing her up for anything and stop signing himself up for stuff without reading the small print....

and told her she couldn't have a facebook page until she is AT LEAST 13.

I am sure it happens everywhere, all the time. Who wants to be bothered with "all that legal stuff"? (especially not teenagers)

 

Date Posted: 11/13/2008 10:56 AM ET
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*If* the link was to a myspace page then it doesn't mean they are really that young. I know alot of people who post their age as younger so that their profile can be private.

I'm 30 and occasionally type things out in a text shortened format (not usually on a READING site though heh).

I also like to read some YA books too (especially Meg Cabot).

You just never know.

Date Posted: 11/13/2008 7:45 PM ET
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I found someone who'd posted their age as 13 and did send the info to Contact Us, and a couple of days later the name had been removed from the member list.  Pat