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Nov 26, 2006 03:50 AM

Young Chowhounds: Attn: Chowhound Team

Chowhound Team:

My daughter has been with me checking the boards, and is interested in having her own Chowhound handle.

The question: Is there an age limit? She is 14. She is, self-described, passionate about food and eating.

Is there room on the Chowhound site for this, or shall we just post together?

Thanks, and thank you for a great site.


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  1. I'll give you a buck if you can discern any of our ages on this board simply by what we type.
    I say let her have her own handle. I suggest taking Apollo_14 as a moniker.
    I think it will suit her well. BTW, I'm only twelve. (ahem, twelve times pi, plus a few more).

    1. We welcome all ages to participate.

      That said, we have no "rooms" per se, as America Online provides to you, nor does our site have parental controls like AOL. If oversight of adult language is what you seek, it's best to surf our site together with your daughter.

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      1. re: The Chowhound Team

        To amend this statement - we do have a lower age limit for participation. It's 13, in keeping with US regulations related to gathering information from children on the internet. Please see our Terms of Service for more information:

        In this case, though, the young Hound is 14, so we can welcome them to participate.

      2. Thanks Chowhound team - I'm not worried about parental controls on this site as much as keeping to the rules. As long as a 14 year old can post on food issues, within the guidelines, I have no problems.

        Thank you for your inclusiveness.

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        1. re: cayjohan

          In the past, there have been threads on Chowhound about how to get children interested in being more adventurous about food. You're lucky parents. I'd be interested in hearing from you and your daughter whether it was nature or nurture that made her a Hound.

          1. re: Dave Feldman

            As soon as we are able to do the necessary canoodling with our existing controls to get the young pup signed up, she'll be on - and probably talking about nature v. nurture.

            It's great to see a kid all wired for something they can take into the rest of their life, like food, versus, say, oh gads, I don't even have a reference!

            Thanks (on behalf of both of us) for the kind reception for teens.

            Thank heavens this is NOT a creepy site!

            1. re: cayjohan

     16 yr old has been reference CH on his International Food assignments for class. The posters here have been very supportive.

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