Why does HubPages not allow stories for children?

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  1. kennynext profile image72
    kennynextposted 6 years ago

    Why does HubPages not allow stories for children?

    In the rules it states no hubs with a target age under 13.

  2. MikeSyrSutton profile image71
    MikeSyrSuttonposted 6 years ago

    They do actually. Maybe not about, but for. There are quite a few on here. You can always receheck the content and dispute the status of a deleted hub. I have had to and it always gets over turned in my favor. Good luck!

    1. kennynext profile image72
      kennynextposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      The rules state no stories with a target age under 13. I have wrote several fiction adventure stories I unpublished because I do not want to loose my account. They were space adventures, about discovering lost lands, etc...

    2. MikeSyrSutton profile image71
      MikeSyrSuttonposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      There are plety of children's and bedtime stories on here! I also wrote the 10 best children's songs with no problem. Just double check the content and contest it.

    3. mistyhorizon2003 profile image94
      mistyhorizon2003posted 6 years agoin reply to this

      @ Kennynext, the rules do not use the term 'stories', and I am pretty certain this is not what they mean when they refer to not targeting children under 13 with 'Hub, Hubs or Author Content'. The easy way to check though is to email Hubpages.

  3. nancynurse profile image75
    nancynurseposted 6 years ago

    I did not realize they did not allow stories. Children would benefit from reading but a parent should read first to make sure  the story is appropriate for their child. Good Luck Nancy

    1. kennynext profile image72
      kennynextposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      i tried to put a teaching theme in my stories but am afraid of loosing my account so I unpublished them.

  4. dragnhaze profile image59
    dragnhazeposted 6 years ago

    Well the terms of use say that you cannot target children, so I believe one of the reasons why HubPages is cautious about publishing stories for children is because they don't want children to be targeted and turned into victims from the predators in this world. MikeSyrSutton and anyone else who writes stories for children are able to contest the stories and have them published if the stories do not lure and target children.

    1. kennynext profile image72
      kennynextposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      What do they mean by targeting children under 13, does this mean no stories for children under 13?

    2. dragnhaze profile image59
      dragnhazeposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Targeting children for their personal information, such as name, birth date, gender, address, etc. as that information could leave them as victims to predators.

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    Giselle Maineposted 6 years ago

    In Internet Law, there are stricter rules and conditions for websites which are targeted toward those under 13.  (Usually this is related to the gathering of personal info from those of that age, rather than just the reading of the page).  However, because of those more stringent requirements, most websites simply try to make sure they are NOT targeting those under 13, that way those requirements simply don't apply. 

    Therefore, if a hubber wrote a hub with a target age under 13, that particular hub (that page) would have to have to be set up in a specific way that follows all the rules for those under age 13, even if the remainder of Hubpages is not geared toward those under 13.  Again, this is to do more with the issue of personal info on sign-in, commenting, etc, and not so much to do directly with the content itself.  Thus, Hubpages would by law be required to have things set up differently and more stringently if they allowed hubs geared toward those under 13.  So, this is why you can't publish stories on Hubpages geared toward those under 13.  Because of the legal issues and legal risk, Hubpages is likely to be VERY vigilant about enforcing this.  If in doubt, they would be likely to err on the side of caution and have you remove it.

    It is wonderful that you are trying to use literature as a teaching tool. However, if you want to write for kids, either pick a target range that is well above 13, OR instead get your own personally owned website and set it up to fulfill all of the extra legal obligations required for this young age range. OR, aim to write and publish an actual book of your works for the young age range. 

    Needless to say this info only affects any of your hubs that may be geared to those under 13.

    Best wishes and happy hubbing!

    1. profile image0
      Giselle Maineposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      As Mistyhorizon said, there is nothing wrong with having hubs targeted toward the PARENTS of under-13's.  In your case, for example, "Parents - bedtime stories containing a learning message for kids."

  6. qeyler profile image53
    qeylerposted 6 years ago

    Because children don't join hubpages. Children don't read hubpages.

  7. MarleneB profile image96
    MarleneBposted 6 years ago

    First and foremost, internet laws prohibit it. HubPages is merely conforming to those laws. I think that's a good thing. I believe it falls in line with reality. For instance, if you are writing hubs targeted toward children under age 13, then you are attracting people of that age group to HubPages, which has content that may not be appropriate for children under 13. I've never seen anything vulgar here, but take the forums (religious and political), for example. Those forums can be violent with all the labeling and name calling. If a youngster were to stumble into one of those forums by way of being on HubPages, imagine the disorientation it could cause. There is no parental control button on HubPages. While a person's hub may be appropriately written and targeted toward children under age 13, there are some hubs here that a child under the age of 13 should never see. Once here, there is no way to keep them safe from untargeted material.

  8. mistyhorizon2003 profile image94
    mistyhorizon2003posted 6 years ago

    Well I have a hub published that is a children's story and it has never caused me a problem. I suspect they are referring to sales hubs etc as opposed to stories, after all, a parent might be looking for stories to read to their children, and I really hope most parents are over 13, (even in this strange day and age of low moral standards).

 
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