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Hiya deviants!
It's always pretty unfortunate when we find a talented young artist here on dA when they are just too young to hold an account with us. Today I would like to talk about what to do when you stumble across a deviant that is under the age of 13 years old.

So what do we consider to be "underage" and what does dA do about it?
dA complies with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, meaning we prohibit any child under the age of 13 from opening and using a dA account. Even with parental permissions this restriction must stay in place.

When an underage kiddo is brought to our attention their account will be closed automatically. COPPA closed accounts are kept as they are until their owner reaches our minimum required age. Upon verification of their age their account can be restored to active status and all its contents will still be there.

For more information on what COPPA is please go here:

So what do I do if I find someone under 13 years old?
Report it to us in the Support Center!
We recently had a new choice added to the bunch under the Copyright & Etiquette Administration categories for easier reporting! Go to our Contact page and pick "COPPA Report" from the category drop down menu.

And the Award for The Best Evidence goes to...
We know it can be a little tricky finding evidence to prove a deviant's age, but we can't just take another deviant's word. We need proof. Before anything always make sure you provide the deviant's username and any information you might have about their age. Keep in mind that we cannot act just on suspicions about their age based on their typing skills, use of chat-speak or the quality of their work.

The absolute best kind of evidence you can offer is links to public confessions. If you notice an underager has openly stated their age in a comment make sure you provide a link to it in your report! Steps on how to link to a comment are here. Journal entries can be linked to as well! Open the specific journal page and copy and paste the journal's URL to link to it.

If it's not something you can link to make sure you offer as much information about your evidence as you can. Be absolutely clear and to the point!

For example:
"This deviant is underage. I know them in real life." isn't a good report. There's no username or links or any verifiable evidence there. Who is this deviant? And can you prove their age?

A good COPPA Report will look like the following:
"Deviant Underage-McYoungster posted a comment in the forum saying they're 11 years old! The link to the comment is [link]. They also stated it in their ID module and in their journal [link]." This report is great! It's short, offered usable evidence and gave us plenty of information to go on to start our investigation.

Tips on how to handle yourself:
:bulletgreen: Don't be a jerk! We understand it's frustrating to find someone who is breaking our policies. But, attacking anyone over this not only creates more work for us, it also puts yourself at risk of administrative action taken against your account.

:bulletgreen: Don't confront them. Confronting a deviant over being underage inadvertently tips them off to do whatever they can to hide all the evidence. This makes it extremely hard to verify the information you give us in your report. Confrontation is unnecessary. They don't need you to tell them they're underage, they know already!

:bulletgreen: Don't write a journal/forum thread about it. Again, this might tip them off! And, more importantly, it's absolutely unnecessary to draw more attention to this deviant. We don't need anything more than one report to open up an investigation. Encouraging others to go to their page and hound them over their age or to flood the Support Center with reports about them only adds to the problem and extends the wait time for the case to be resolved. And remember, if you're deliberately telling others to harass someone you're putting yourself at risk for removal from our awesome community!

I took a screencap of the proof. How come you won't accept it?
Screencaps can unfortunately be doctored so we cannot take them as evidence. We've had issues in the past where individuals were creating fake screencaps in attempts to get someone banned. We're not calling you a liar! It's just that we can only take action against someone if there's verifiable proof. Don't be discouraged! If we can't take action now that's not to say proof won't be available again at another time.

Our new category for COPPA Reports will help ensure these are handled quickly so be sure you categorize your report correctly!

:heart: y2jenn

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co-zy Featured By Owner Edited Apr 4, 2019
Guys stop commenting about the underage users!!

This journal shows you exactly how to report them, commenting does nothing.
Eagle-of-the-Deserts Featured By Owner Edited Mar 25, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
But, I have only been on DeviantArt for a few months, so I have not found any openly-commenting-of-their-age underagers. I mean, I usually don't like to "rat out" other people, but in this case I should probably report the underager. 
I didn't even know that Deviantart existed until the January of 2019, so I wish I had found it sooner. Such a great site for art! ;)
Eagle-of-the-Deserts Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
I use a Chromebook, so if I find an underager that has openly noted their real age, I can just take a screenshot of the comment in which they have openly enlisted that information. :)
MelisSmallsourgeShip Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Screenshots can be faked so they won't accept it.
annoixa Featured By Owner Edited Feb 24, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
found it…

@/breakstick-11 said she's 12 and i explained to her that shes not supposed to be here but she's doesn't care
Warwyn Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist…

Her deviant ID says she is 12. 
Nilhia Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i found a deviant that is lying about their age
@/sukiatsune is underage and it literally says on their profile that they're 11 years old
they're breaking your policy
Cookie-Dough-Is-Good Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2019  Student Digital Artist…
Their info flat out says they're 12
luupon Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2019…
They are a harasser plus the username says it all
timothyheller Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2019
dont wanna be some sorta telltale or sumn but uuuuuuuuh yeah their profile coding says theyre 11
SwaggieVortex733VA Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist…
(also known as KLP who is an 8 year old girl and a harasser)
Madam-Medusa Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
LionMushrooms Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2018  Student Digital Artist… says on page they are 11
halotherebuddy Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
hey there!
Not sure if this is what it is but says they're 13, but their account is 3 years old.
Scarletfactory Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
NolrChat Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2018
bluecrystalsonmyhead says 17 at the top but then it says 12 at the bottom
Aspareaccount Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist… A user named Idoodlesandread said they are 12 years old.
QOKQ Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2018  Student Digital Artist on their ID, says they're 12
Spongebob-Killer Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist said by girl that she's 11???…

and i meant to sound harsh here because she's not allowed on deviantart and about many people replied to her too, but not really regards to age
Scarletfactory Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist… is second account of the person I commented about before
Scarletfactory Featured By Owner Edited Jul 18, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Proof1 by Scarletfactory…; They are also character thief
RensMeerkat Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Sea-Kurry Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2018… girl is saying she is 11 years old.
werewolfman91128 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2018
It’s alright as long as the parents is okay with being on the website in my opinion.. shame that they have to be banned!
M00N-STALKER Featured By Owner May 30, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
She literally say in the journal that she was 10 years old last year: How I became a aqua teen
SarahSapphire16 Featured By Owner Edited May 28, 2018  Student General Artist
Says right in the ID "I'm 11 years old":
SOLIDARIT-Y Featured By Owner May 19, 2018 her birth date is "14.12.2006", she's 12 xd
legorulez49 Featured By Owner May 14, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
They should really bring the "offending user" thing back, this is absolutely ridiculous 
euleunki Featured By Owner May 11, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
She says in the tagline of her profile that she's 12;
wazupdudes123 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2018
This person confessed that they're 11…
aqlaam Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2018
Normally, instead of banning them, DeviantArt shall make a special space for people whose age is under 13.
Scarletfactory Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I cannot find out how to send the ticket, so…
FluffyKyubey42 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2018  Student…

This person has publicly confessed that she is 10 years old.
Yaniichu Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have this as proof, although his was a year ago that would mean they are 12 at the moment, which s still against the rules on DA:…
User named Beastboyiskawaii openly stated that she is 10 years old.
AnimatorStardust Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2017  Hobbyist Filmographer
User named SansBirdie has deactivated account cuz she was 12 at the time but NOW she is 13 and her birthday was at 22 of September, can you please bring this Artist Back? 
Noodlian Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello this user @/mlimli is 10 years old. i know them personally and they said they're 10 years old
AriaGrill Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
send it in as a report ticket
Emeraldia-the-Kitty Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2017  Student Digital Artist
The Difference between MyFirstWorld and DeviantArt: Website made by 12 year olds. Used by Adults. Website made by Adults. used by 12 Year Olds!

Image by Emeraldia-the-Kitty  

I'm 16 Years Old!
L-emoncake-S Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2018   Artist
AlTheRipper Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Would their profile picture be enough evidence? They definitely look and sound 10, and I'm worried about their safety on DA. 
Modeerfwon Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
not to be rude or anything but i dont agree with this,I thought DA was a Social media site for everybody,Especially for underage,I apologize if i don't agree with this(Im also old enough to get on here)
AriaGrill Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
It's the law. dA has to ban little kids so the entire site doesn't get shut down
DisguiserKitty Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks for this! :> (good thing I'm not underage x3)
MykeFanLover Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
Please report me to Da Police
AriaGrill Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Sturmlion1 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2017
I have a question, what happens if you have someone who says there a minor but using a older persons account?
calthax Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
I don't know. Just admit it was a mistake just in time before the staff gets their hands on it or something like that?
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