The terms of service say otherwise but kids still get on here. As the title says.
When I was a teen there was no paleohacks, so I went on vegan forums and pro-Ana websites. What's your point? Unless we start linking accounts to Facebook or credit cards there's no way to truly monitor it. Lots of people on here have medical issues they wouldn't want publicly known so linking to Facebook/real name system wouldn't be feasible. Best you can hope is that people recognize disordered eating, close those questions, and hope people are being honest and the replies are thoughtful and kind.
all the stuff in the world kids could be doing and you're worried about them learning about health and nutrition? is this a serious question?
EVERYBODY is giving advice to your kids...Commercials, billboards, bimbo teen idols...take up your cause against that first
As soon as the 14 year old stops getting responses because he or she is 14, he or she will create a new account and suddenly be 21. What can you do? If you're concerned about what your 14 year old is exposed to on the internet then do something about it--at home.
If you are proposing some sort of age verification for PH, I doubt you will get very far. Age verification and identity verification run hand in hand and its been made pretty clear that a large portion of PH members do not want their true identities exposed on the world wide web.
With that said, I'd rather not see 14 year old children posting on PH.
I think kids should be given the chance to formulate their own opinions and explore new options, even in their diets. If they have no one outside of this site to ask for nutritional information who else can they turn to? I'd much rather see a kid on PH trying to improve his diet than kids kept in the dark on the SAD.
Well, yes. I know this may seem biased as I am 14 (and the 14 year old that asked about ketosis, infact!) but, honestly. There's so much bad info out there that we can access instantly. This is a safe environment, as safe as it gets, compared to some of the stuff that is out there. Why shield us from good information?
How do you stop them? It seems to me the best idea is to answer their questions as honestly and clearly as we can. Now, maybe after we answer the first question, we ask them to get their parents permission to be on here, but I am not sure if that is logistically possible, and obviously the parents are letting them surf the internet anyway, so they are already, in a sense, being permissive.
Well, in their health/science classes in school, I assume they are being taught about "healthy whole grains," and the benefits of a low-fat hi carbohydrate SAD, so I would think PH might not be a bad counter-balance to that. Not sure I see the harm, but that's just me.