Parental Consent

We are building solutions for school age children (18 and under). It
is very important to get consent from parents. Since receiving hand-
signed consents is not feasible, has anyone used a different technique
using credit card verification or some other method? Thx.

There’s a fun way to do this.

Check out a bunch of p sites and find one built on Rails, then reach
out to the developer. The sort of verification you’re looking for is
pretty much the same as what they do (18+), it differs only in where
its applied.

There’s a fun way to do this.
Check out a bunch of porn sites and find one built on Rails, then
reach out to the developer.
The sort of verification you’re looking for is pretty much the same as
what they
do (18+), it differs only in where its applied.

I misposted above. I left out the parts of the word porn because its
the kind of word that will draw the attention of passing coworkers. Or
something.

There’s a fun way to do this.

Check out a bunch of porn sites and find one built on Rails, then
reach out to the developer.

The sort of verification you’re looking for is pretty much the same as
what they do (18+), it differs only in where its applied.

Check out a bunch of porn sites and find one built on Rails, then reach out to the developer.

Validation by credit card is iron-clad - if you can convince a viewer to
whip
out their card.

A certain underage relative of mine told MySpace.com she’s 26 or
something, and
she now has full privileges. MySpace’s ass is relatively legally
covered, so
that should be all that matters.

Let your users lie, and keep going!


Phlip

Do you just want to verify the age of the user, or actually get parental
consent? The latter would be tougher I’d think. You’d need to know
that the person whose credit card was being used was actually the
parent/guardian of the child user. And even then you don’t know that
Junior didn’t just sneak mom’s CC out of her purse without her
knowledge.

Off top, how about requiring the user to give e-mail addresses both for
themselves, and for a parent. You send an e-mail to the parent address
explaining what’s going on, and asking them to come to your site, verify
their age and have them endorse a statement to the effect that they
are the parent of <> and give their permission for
child to use your site.

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