Proposal: Puzzling

I would like to authorize access to https://puzzling.stackexchange.com/ to my boys (preteen). I think they will like it, and that this site will help them learn english.

My question: is that site safe for children, or is it rated Adult or PG16 ?

I first checked that some searches for p...s, r..e, did not return anything. But I would like a clear answer.

I will of course warn them not to expose anything about themselves.

  • I don't think (could be wrong) that any of the SE sites are what you'd call "adult" (i.e. pornographic or psychologically scarring), but the majority of users on every site I've used are adults. Here's the deal, though, with regard to kids and websites (as a millenial, I feel qualified to say), they will mention small details about themselves. They may even tell their real ages. The main things to worry about are (a) is there a private messaging system in place (there isn't), and (b) do they have common names. Commented Jun 19, 2015 at 23:36
  • Everyone who grew up with the internet, as a kid, has said something (or multiple things) that were either incredibly stupid, or simply incredibly embarrassing to them later in life. So, if they have common names, it's fine even if people find the thing years later because that thing will be lost in a sea of other posts and it's not personally identifiable. If they have very uncommon names, well, that's unfortunate for them, and it means everything they do will follow them for the remainder of their lives (unless they use aliases consistently). Commented Jun 19, 2015 at 23:38
  • Thus, if they fall in the latter category, it's just way, way more important to impress upon them to never use anything but a screen name (unless they're the most well-behaved, thoughtful, considerate, and intelligent preteens in recorded history). Commented Jun 19, 2015 at 23:40
  • The meta-site is on meta.puzzling.stackexchange.com
    – Philipp
    Commented Jun 20, 2015 at 9:40

1 Answer 1


There is no rating system for web sites in general, but our general guidance is that users are expected to conduct themselves at a "professional" level and contents should be generally "safe for work."

Our Terms of Service require that users of the site be at least 13 years of age. We are not permitted by law to collect and store the account information used with this service from underage users. We would have no choice but to remove those users from our system. They can use the site once they reach the age of 13.

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