Child and family account limitations

Child accounts are accounts registered with a date of birth indicating they're 17 or younger. These accounts are unable to do certain things on Yahoo sites and, if they're under 13, are managed by a family account.

Can I create a new child account?

  • You are under 13 - No.
  • You are between 13 to 17 - Yes.

Restrictions for existing child accounts

Child accounts ages 12 and under

These child accounts won't be able to:

  • Create a Flickr account.
  • Create a new Yahoo Groups
  • Receive special offers from Yahoo
  • Sign in to Yahoo Mail using a mobile app.
  • Participate in any Yahoo Yahoo Fantasy games.
  • Edit their account info, including their name, nickname, phone number, and alternate email address.
  • Participate in sweepstakes or promotions where info is shared with third parties for marketing purposes.

Managed by a family account:

The child will have their own Yahoo ID linked to the parent's account. As the parent, you'll be able to:

  • Edit your child's Yahoo Mail Banned List.
  • Edit your child's Yahoo Messenger Friend List and Ignore List.
  • Sign in as your child to modify any part of your child's account.
  • Edit your child's account information and other details stored on Yahoo.

To close your family Account you'll need to close any connected child account first. If you forgot the connected IDs, look them up with the Sign-in Helper.

Child accounts ages 13 to 17

These child accounts won't be able to:

  • View listings or participate in Yahoo adult groups.
  • Purchase any premium services.

 Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) - A child account can't be left open if the parent deletes their family account. Additionally, in compliance with COPPA, we're not allowed to release any of your child's personal info to third parties. Visit the COPPA website for more info.