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Are there any legal issues I should be aware of when giving advice/suggestions/opinions to minors on fluther?

Asked by tinyfaery (41974points) July 24th, 2008

It seems that fluther is getting more and more users who are under 18. Are there any laws that I should be aware of. Are flutherites “safe” due to the nature of the site?

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PupnTaco's avatar

We’re all covered by Ben & Andrew’s massive E&O policy. Advise away!

;p

tinyfaery's avatar

Really, or are you joshin?

jcs007's avatar

If you wouldn’t tell it to your kids, then don’t put it on Fluther. I dunno. I would say that that is how I operate. But then I’d be lying.

susanc's avatar

E&O policy?
Really, joshing or not?

tinyfaery's avatar

Well, I don’t have kids. And sometimes we just don’t know the age. You could be 17 for all I know.

jcs007's avatar

Well. You’re wrong. I’m 20.

I guess if you wouldn’t say it to anyone else’s kids, then don’t post it on Fluther =)

tinyfaery's avatar

Sorry, but I just can’t follow that. I am not going to censor myself from writing fuck (for example), if I want to write fuck, just because I wouldn’t say it to a 14 year old.

PupnTaco's avatar

;p = josh

jcs007's avatar

No problemo. I’m a bit woozy righ tnow. and I don’t even know if my answer was that sensible. I’ll get back to you when I wake up. Cheers!

delirium's avatar

I mostly figure if they’re loose on the Internet, they’ve seen worse already. Me preaching about the importance of communication during sex isn’t going to do much harm.

richardhenry's avatar

You cannot face legal consequences as a result of what you post on Fluther, provided that it is not copyrighted, dishonest, libelous, pornographic or purposefully harmful. See the Terms & Conditions. You are asked to use reasonable judgement when posting, but only for social reasons.

If you accidentally told a child that they could take a certain paracetamol, but it was not suitable for their age and made them ill, you would not be responsible.

If you told a child that drinking super glue would make their headache go away, and they did, you may be legally responsible. However, it is still unlikely that you would face legal consequences.

iJimmy's avatar

Super Glue will cure a headache you say?Interesting. I’ll have to try it.
...Some adults are dumb enough to do that. The issue of age is irrelevant. Just don’t knowingly give nefarious advice and you will be fine.

robmandu's avatar

Unless iJimmy happens to reside in the U.K. at the time of his experiment with super glue headache cures, then I’m pretty sure richardhenry will be safe from any U.S.-based legal pursuits.

richardhenry's avatar

@robmandu: Yay! Drink glue, everyone!

Knotmyday's avatar

Well done, robmandu.

scamp's avatar

I don’t worry about it because scamp is not my real name!

noraasnave's avatar

Dang it! I knew I should have made a better psuedonym…I have too much lurve to turn back now…oh well.

scamp's avatar

I wouldn’t make the same mistake girlofscience in this thread tho. I think we should be careful how we advise teens. We should treat them the same way we do our own family members.

tinyfaery's avatar

@scamp Uhh. In my case, that wouldn’t be the best approach.

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