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FA and younger furries

Are you comfortable with younger furries accessing FA?

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MadKiyo

Imma bat in yer rafters
So I've noticed a few users on FA that were particularly young, one being 12. While a general category is there by default, tampering with the selective viewing and profile settings would be all too easy. While I can't tell them what to do, I personally wouldn't recommend the site to them or encourage it.

Thoughts?
 

quoting_mungo

Well-Known Member
Users under 13 aren't allowed on FA, period.

I don't know that I'd personally permit my hypothetical child to join the site before about 15, but that's less about thinking the site more inappropriate than eg deviantArt, and more thinking 13-year-old kids don't really have the emotional maturity to use sites with this much freedom unsupervised. If anything, I'm a proponent of monitoring one's children's online activities, both to protect the child and to make sure they don't get up to anything inappropriate.
 

nerdbat

Green butt of reason
No, no-no-no. Just no. Even SFW section of the site is chock-full of bizarre fetishes (not to mention how often artists misuse the rating system). Be a responsible parent, keep your kids away from all the vore, all the diaper-wearing canines, smelly feets and armpits, etc.
 
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Andromedahl

Guest
No kid under 13 should be on FA. As for kids 13 and over, kids mature at different speeds, but most 13 year olds probably aren't really mature enough for free roaming the internet as Mungo said.

Fa's content can be 'odd', even if under SFW, so imo 14 is iffy, 15 and beyond I think is probably ok; I didn't hop onto FA until I was 16.
 

PlusThirtyOne

What DOES my username mean...?
These kinds of questions are always tough for me because, honestly, i WAS one of those 12 year olds at one time. i ventured out onto the interwebs on my own when i was 12. i watched movies i wasn't supposed to, i played games beyond my age demo and i went places and did things a child probably shouldn't.

And i turned out fine.
...still actually quite sheltered, some would argue.

Of course the questions isn't "SHOULD THEY", but "SHOULD WE LET THEM?". i think exploration, including the sexual kind, is normal for growing young people. it's our jobs as adults and parents to STEER the kids right. We can put up all the signs, fences, rules and warnings. Kids will still find ways to ignore or circumvent them.
 

ZacAttackk

professional procrastinator
It's a shame that even with the SFW filter on, very suggestive/strange/obviously fetishual material keeps coming through by the bucket, which is why I typically don't go on the site much. Do these people really think that kinda stuff is suitable for the General tag, implying it is absolutely clean and safe for even your grandma to see?
 

Sarachaga

Definitely not a lizard
I wouldn't let my hypothetical kids under 14-15 watch sites like FA where you can easily access NSFW content. Then again, if you allow a 11-12 years old to access the internet, he might access NSFW stuff easily anyways and it might be quite hard to monitor. Basically, I'm against too young kids accessing the internet.
 

LycanTheory

Free to good home.
I'm fine with 13+ being able to access FA as I, myself, realized I was a furry around 14-15 but I do believe there should be an adult forum.

This should be fairly easy to accomplish using different user groups and permissions and wouldn't separate anything, the adult section would simply be invisible to the younger user group.
 

Fallowfox

Are we moomin, or are we dancer?
My corruption was inherent, existing before I was 13 and before I had discovered the furry fandom.

That said, I think that we should discourage users in their early teens, or younger, from using adult-oriented networks, because they could be taken advantage of.
 
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aloveablebunny

Guest
I don't think under-15s should be able to access FA or the forums.
 

Toby_Morpheus

Hello, Proto
Kids lie about age all the time.
Not really anything ANY site could do about it without severely bearing down on every user.

It's up to the parents to monitor what their kid does and to be honest, even run-of-the-mill internet routers come with primitive monitoring capabilities.

There is no reason not to know what your kid is doing on the internet these days.
 
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aloveablebunny

Guest
Kids lie about age all the time.
Not really anything ANY site could do about it without severely bearing down on every user.

It's up to the parents to monitor what their kid does and to be honest, even run-of-the-mill internet routers come with primitive monitoring capabilities.

There is no reason not to know what your kid is doing on the internet these days.

My mom watched what I did online before I was 18 like a hawk. To be honest, although at the time I hated it and felt like my privacy was violated, it probably saved my ass from doing something really, really stupid (like falling pray to a creeper).
 

Shameful_Cole

Shameful Idiot
I barely feel comfortable seeing children use the internet at all, so there is no way that I see younger furries accessing FA as a good thing.
 

Toby_Morpheus

Hello, Proto
My mom watched what I did online before I was 18 like a hawk. To be honest, although at the time I hated it and felt like my privacy was violated, it probably saved my ass from doing something really, really stupid (like falling pray to a creeper).
I was both fairly trustworthy and savvy enough to go pretty much where I wanted when I wanted.
Eventually I was allowed a computer in my bedroom.

I was responsible enough not to get into trouble either with predators or by endangering the network itself and was also afforded the ability to use the internet as some teemagers do sometimes because it was just going to happen anyways.

So really, if your kid is smart enough to get around security and privacy anyways, at least make sure they are safe and keep the network safe by teaching them not to click on banners, etc
 

FancyHatching

New Member
In general I'm definitely uncomfortable with such young users on FA. IN GENERAL. But I know I was pretty young too when I got free access to the internet. While I didn't use FA I still viewed a lot of mature content, who didn't? So ideal would be to prepare your kids instead of keeping them away. I wasn't stupid and knew what I shouldn't click or that I shouldn't share personal information.

But since it's unrealistic to expect that from the majority of people I'd say people below the age of 13 shouldn't have free access to the internet anyways.. Let alone FA.
 

Jarren

You can't just quote yourself! -Me
Because kids can lie about their age during account creation with no way to verify it, it's very much a losing battle try and keep them out. Hell, I was lurking various fandom sites from the age of 14 onward. I'd be a hypocrite if I said I'm not comfortable with them being on the site, I mean I was (in one form or another). That said, there is certainly some content that younger users should probably not be able to just stumble upon, but that's the curse of the internet in general. So long as the site does what it can to restrict their access and provide adequate warning for restricted content the rest of the burden falls squarely on the parents of the kid. Also, so long as the kid comports themselves maturely and reasonably, things should be fine. I've had a few decent conversations with younger members on here who were, I'd argue, better people than some of the adults.

In short, The kids will do what they want if their parents don't monitor them and it's futile to keep them out entirely. Just try to not be the kind of person their parents warned them about if you interact with them and avoid pointing them in a direction they ought not to go. They'll do that on their own. Trust me...
 
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Okami_No_Heishi

Guest
When I was a child, in the late 70s early 80s, there was no internet. The only time you were "exposed" to porn was by accidentally finding your older brothers Playboy or Penthouse or Hustler magazines. Nowadays, you type sex in the searchbar and billions of hits appear. We never let our two kids go online without our complete supervision. And the one time we didn't supervise, our son, who was ten at the time, doing research for a project on Wikipedia, he typed in sex. And omfg! The things he saw. He started clicking all the highlighted words. He saw shit at ten years old that I didn't even know about till I was in my twenties(because none of that shit was in Playboy, Penthouse, or Hustler). Don't let your kids on FA or any website without supervising them. And I do agree that FA, FAF, and DeviantArt should be adult only websites. One way to actually verify age is by making you use a bank account number. Or something!
 
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Okami_No_Heishi

Guest
Because kids can lie about their age during account creation with no way to verify it, it's very much a losing battle try and keep them out. Hell, I was lurking various fandom sites from the age of 14 onward. I'd be a hypocrite if I said I'm not comfortable with them being on the site, I mean I was (in one form or another). That said, there is certainly some content that younger users should probably not be able to just stumble upon, but that's the curse of the internet in general. So long as the site does what it can to restrict their access and provide adequate warning for restricted content the rest of the burden falls squarely on the parents of the kid. Also, so long as the kid comports themselves maturely and reasonably, things should be fine. I've had a few decent conversations with younger members on here who were, I'd argue, better people than some of the adults.

In short, The kids will do what they want if their parents don't monitor them and it's futile to keep them out entirely. Just try to not be the kind of person their parents warned them about if you interact with them and avoid pointing them in a direction they ought not to go. They'll do that on their own. Trust me...
I hear what you are saying, Jarren. But I certainly wouldn't want my kids having sexual roleplays with 20something men and women. And we know there are some on here who have no morals whatsoever when it comes to sex.
 

MadKiyo

Imma bat in yer rafters
When I was a child, in the late 70s early 80s, there was no internet. The only time you were "exposed" to porn was by accidentally finding your older brothers Playboy or Penthouse or Hustler magazines. Nowadays, you type sex in the searchbar and billions of hits appear. We never let our two kids go online without our complete supervision. And the one time we didn't supervise, our son, who was ten at the time, doing research for a project on Wikipedia, he typed in sex. And omfg! The things he saw. He started clicking all the highlighted words. He saw shit at ten years old that I didn't even know about till I was in my twenties(because none of that shit was in Playboy, Penthouse, or Hustler). Don't let your kids on FA or any website without supervising them. And I do agree that FA, FAF, and DeviantArt should be adult only websites. One way to actually verify age is by making you use a bank account number. Or something!

Well, I'm not really too concerned about 10 year olds learning about sex. Most of the time they'll just forget it until they turn 15 or something. I learned about it in 5th grade and then played with legos on my bedroom floor like nothing happened that day. FA is different in that it is a consistent exposure, just like other sites. Kids are very impressionable, and furry porn is certainly not an introductory subject on the line of sexual content. Though what makes the site even worse for youth is the feeling of anonymity and lack of regret the site seems to perpetuate. I've seen some twisted stuff that I, even with eyeballs of solid iron, have them melt out of my sockets. I'm not speaking the usual "le furries make cancerous content" joke, I mean some of this stuff is mind-bendingly disgusting, disregarding the furry aspect of it. That's the kind of influence I'd hate to see kids introduced to.
 

Jarren

You can't just quote yourself! -Me
I hear what you are saying, Jarren. But I certainly wouldn't want my kids having sexual roleplays with 20something men and women. And we know there are some on here who have no morals whatsoever when it comes to sex.
An I hardly blame you. What I'm getting at, mostly, is that the site has really done all it can without grossly overreaching. The rest of the responsibility should fall to the parents and and the child themselves. Like you said, never let your kids on the internet without express supervision if you don't want them stumbling across unsavory things and/or (at the very least) give them a precautionary speech about using the internet and the dangers of it. That said, inevitably there will be kids who find their way into this community (and others) and it's up to the userbase to be as airtight about content restriction as they can. The site can give all the tools in the world, but it still relies on the honor system in the end :\
 
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Okami_No_Heishi

Guest
An I hardly blame you. What I'm getting at, mostly, is that the site has really done all it can without grossly overreaching. The rest of the responsibility should fall to the parents and and the child themselves. Like you said, never let your kids on the internet without express supervision if you don't want them stumbling across unsavory things and/or (at the very least) give them a precautionary speech about using the internet and the dangers of it. That said, inevitably there will be kids who find their way into this community (and others) and it's up to the userbase to be as airtight about content restriction as they can. The site can give all the tools in the world, but it still relies on the honor system in the end :\
Agreed. We had to give our kids "the talk" fairly young because of the internet. My son was 10, my daughter was 8. Of course we didn't go into any great detail about sex itself, but we sure covered the pedaphile issue well. Too many child predators out there. And we didn't sugar coat it either.
 
Users under 13 aren't allowed on FA, period.

I don't know that I'd personally permit my hypothetical child to join the site before about 15, but that's less about thinking the site more inappropriate than eg deviantArt, and more thinking 13-year-old kids don't really have the emotional maturity to use sites with this much freedom unsupervised. If anything, I'm a proponent of monitoring one's children's online activities, both to protect the child and to make sure they don't get up to anything inappropriate.
Agreed
 

Xaroin

THE ONE THE ONLY
Well seeing how they are the CoD kid age, I'm pretty sure I don't care. (Also I found FA around 2 years into my 4 year lurk)
 

Rant

Haters Gonna Hate
latest

Wasn't there a freaking double murder cause these two 30 something year old furs wanted to date this 13-14 year old girl so they killed her parents and left the younger kids with the bodies????

Edit: i was rushed, so my point is no. No kids below 16, because those killers who prey on children went through a huge farce pretending to be furries, getting close to the family over many months.

There are fucking worthless monsters who use the Internet for the sole purpose of harming kids. HELL NO!!!!!!!!!!!
 
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