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I'm just wondering, why does Brilliant have to set it's age limit at 13 years?

There are lots of people all over the world younger than 13 who would like to learn but are under 13 so they can't make an account. If you think that people under 13 are immature and are not responsible enough to manage an account, you're wrong. The people who join Brilliant are people who want to learn, they are not the people who just sit around and don't take things seriously. Even if they are those kinds of immature people, they why do they join?

I just need to know why they choose to set the age limit at 13. Can't they lower it even by 1 year?


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I cannot speak for this website, but I think the reason is a legal one.

There is a law called the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (known as COPPA for short) whose aim is to protect the privacy of children. My understanding is that if a company wants to collect any personal information on a child who is under 13, then the company must first get parental consent. Complying with this law can be a hassle, so a lot of companies deal with this law by restricting their services to children who are 13 or above.

I am not saying that this is fair, or right, or even the reason why this website has this policy; I only offer this in that it may inform your viewpoint.

Jon Haussmann - 3 months, 2 weeks ago

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Alright, thanks a lot, now I understand.

William Huang - 3 months, 2 weeks ago

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Yup. The main reason is COPPA compliance.

Calvin Lin Staff - 3 months, 2 weeks ago

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