• Home
    Home This is where you can find all the blog posts throughout the site.
  • Categories
    Categories Displays a list of categories from this blog.
  • Tags
    Tags Displays a list of tags that have been used in the blog.
  • Bloggers
    Bloggers Search for your favorite blogger from this site.
  • Archives
    Archives Contains a list of blog posts that were created previously.
  • Login
    Login Login form

Does Twitter have a minimum age requirement?

Posted by on in Education Technology
  • Font size: Larger Smaller
  • Hits: 2139

Twitter used to be very clear that you had to be 13 to use their site. In fact, if you look at the image in this post (or at the prior terms of service), you can see that previously, it was the first bullet in the "Basic Terms" section.

On September 18, 2009, Twitter released a new Terms of Service that omitted the age requirement which you can see here https://twitter.com/tos. Additionally, Twitter does not ask your age when creating an account. They also have safety tips for parents that do not mention an age requirement and they announced an age screening policy that indicates Twitter account holders can determine what age you must be for use. This might appear to indicate that there is only an age requirement to engage with certain Twitter accounts.

However, their privacy policy says this:

Our Policy Towards Children: Our Services are not directed to persons under 13. If you become aware that your child has provided us with personal information without your consent, please contact us at privacy@twitter.com. We do not knowingly collect personal information from children under 13. If we become aware that a child under 13 has provided us with personal information, we take steps to remove such information and terminate the child's account. You can find additional resources for parents and teens here.

This (If you become aware that your child has provided us with personal information without your consent)
could be interpreted as Twitter requiring parental consent under 13. However, this (If we become aware that a child under 13 has provided us with personal information, we take steps to remove such information and terminate the child's account.) could be interpreted as 13 being the age requirement.

Maybe someone from Twitter can clarify, but in the meantime, what do you think?

Last modified on
Rate this blog entry:
Tagged in: Social Media Twitter
Lisa Nielsen is The Innovative Educator. She found school boring and irrelevant. That ticked her off so in 1997 she became a public school educator who works to help change that for others. She does this by finding and sharing innovative ways to prepare students for relevant and real-world success. Among other things, this means ensuring educators and students have a voice in conversations, issues, and policies that affect them.

Lisa writes for and speaks to audiences across the globe about the future of education but she is best known for her award-winning blog, The Innovative Educator. Her writing and work are also featured in places such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, T.H.E. Journal, Tech & Learning, and Smartblogs. She is also the author of several books such as Teaching Generation Text and Fix the School, Not the Child.

Blog: InnovativeEducator.com
Twitter: @InnovativeEdu
  • No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment

Leave your comment

Guest Sunday, 11 December 2016