Flagging Minors Pretending To Be Adults

Hi there EP. I'm not sure if this was mentioned before but I would like to bring your attention to some minors pretending to be adults on the site.

Many times, I would come across a story that explicitly states that they are less than 18 years old. A quick look at their profile however would reveal that they classified their account as an 18-21 year old. Given the inherent dangers of the internet, it would of course be best if they are marked down to being minors.

I tried flagging them but their transgression does not seem to fit exactly into one of the grounds provided by the site. I thought that maybe it would be under 'fakes' but that seems to suggest that the whole profile is not real and consequently face deletion of content. I would like to have a separate criteria for them in the flags (though I have no qualms about just flagging them as fakes or prohibited). I really just want to see minors who pose as adults be placed in their appropriate age group.

I know that this could go both ways for an adult could be posing as a minor. But, for those profiles that are clearly and without a doubt owned by minors, I want a mechanism that would readily flag and prioritize the minors (and maybe a quick reminder that posing as adults is prohibited :)).

But after composing this long post, I now realize it would be way easier to just ask, "Under what ground should we flag the minors posing as adults?" :D
mareliberum mareliberum
3 Responses Dec 9, 2012

Good question! Thanks for this bringing this topic to surface so we can clear up the confusion around how to report these situations.

If you come across an adult account where an individual confesses to being a minor please report the minor by flagging. Select 'prohibited' as the reason for the flag but please specify the reason for flagging and when possible provide a link to the post where a member confesses to being under age.

We do are best to address all flags within 24 hours.

Thank you, EPArsineh.

I flag the young uns all the time, I go to the profile to do it, I use prohibited, as it is against the TOS for them to pose as adults, I also explain what has led me to believe they're underage, whether it's stated in a story or more often than not in there 'about me' section they are usually dumb enough to state their real age!

On your profile you set your age, if you say on your profile you are in the 18-21 age bracket but then state in your about me section you are only 15 years of age really it's more than a bit of a clue they are underage, those under the age of 18 can't have there profile viewed by adults unless they add that adult to there circle, this is for there own protection, by putting themselves in an older age bracket than they really are they are making themselves very vulnerable to the sites predator.

good question...!!!