I am an adult.

On a non-Stack-Exchange forum, a child is asking for advice on an interaction with their parents.

I thought to redirect them here.

  1. Is there an age limit for participation in Stack Exchange?

  2. Would it make sense to redirect a youngster here to get advice from adults?

  3. Off-topic but does anyone have other suggestions? Of course online safety is of prime importance.

  • Just out of curiosity: How is this question different from the one you posted a few years ago? It seems quite duplicate-ish?
    – Stephie Mod
    Mar 13, 2021 at 21:52
  • @ Stephie - Thanks for that. I must admit that I had completely forgotten about it. I don't even remember my motivation for asking back then. The main difference that I can can think of is that today, I saw an actual call for advice on a language forum. The question was closed, naturally enough, for being off-topic. I felt a certain responsibility - not to offer any help myself, but at least to consider offering an avenue for finding help. Mar 13, 2021 at 22:00

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The rules of participation are very clear where age is concerned: You must be at least 13 or 16 if you’re in the EU. We moderators do enforce these rules. You can check this post on Meta SE for more details.

That said, if the child in question is old enough to participate, we do welcome posts by children. There are plenty of examples already on the site. I think redirecting a child (or rather, a teenager) to this community can be a good thing. Note that the usual rules for questions (on topic, not opinion-based etc.) apply and that we expect everyone to honor the Code of Conduct.

  • I don't know the age but, at a guess, it's probably a younger teen. I'm reluctant to make any enquiries and I don't intend to offer any advice myself. I'll think about it and search online for helplines for youngsters. I need to make sure it's a genuine one though. Mar 13, 2021 at 22:08

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