Present a stern warning to underage users for profiles claiming age 18 (or < 21)
If there’s not going to be any real verification, Underage users need to be informed of the serious risks to their own safety, and the potential to destroy lives of the adults they contact. Advise them that their parent/guardian will be notified and held liable for their behavior. AND that repeat offenders can be charged as adults for endangering the lives of those they contact. sometimes minors may reach out because they have suicidal thoughts or their lives are in danger. Remind them to seek help from parents, counselors, teachers, relatives, neighbors, or call 911.
There are many legal and appropriate options available to them.
When an “18 year old” contacts me, and I have reason to believe the person is underage, my first response to them is that warning.
. 95% of underage users will understand and comply.
The remaining 5% will be reported and reminded every single time i see their profile until they leave.
Additionally, I warn them that I may use another identity to obtain their contact information, which will be used to notify their parents and local law enforcement.