Not a day goes by without at least one player from an under-13-year old team asking us if they can upload photos and videos like “regular” members.
Safety is a topic we consider for every feature we develop. For example, that’s why pre-teen profiles are always private (viewable only by friends) and why we’ve been careful about not allowing them to upload media.
But we also recognize that parents play the most important role in their child’s online interactions. So we surveyed 2,000 Weplay parents to understand their points of view.
Almost all of the parents were very supportive of their child being allowed to upload, but they also wanted to be able to remove photos from their under 13-year-old albums.
So as of last week parents can now give permission to their under-13-year old child to upload photos and video.
Here’s how it works:
- To authorize a child is easy. If you are already a Weplay member, go to the "manage my kids" tab and we'll walk you through it. If you’re not, your child has to put in your email address to request authorization.
- Once permissions are set. Parents can always change their mind and turn it on or off.
- Photos and videos uploaded by approved kids under 13 are posted to their profile immediately and are only viewable by Weplay friends. Simultaneously, an email is sent to the parent notifying them that their child posted photos or videos.
- At any time connected parents can log into their account and access their child’s media through the “manage my child” link and remove any uploads they see fit.
We appreciate all the time and perspective parents have provided us with over the past couple months to make this feature possible.
And, we're looking forward to your thoughts and feedback. Please feel free to email us directly at email@example.com or comment below.