Child and Family Account limitations

If your account was registered with a date of birth making you 17 or younger, it will be restricted from accessing some Yahoo features. 

Age based restrictions

When the account holder reaches the appropriate age, the restrictions will be automatically removed. We can't make exceptions to these rules and we can't change the date of birth on any Yahoo account.

Age 12 and under can't:

  • 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.

Age 13-17 can't:

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

Family Account restrictions

Manage a Family Account

  Family Accounts can no longer be created - While new accounts for children under 13 aren't allowed, existing Family Accounts can still use our services.

Family Accounts allows you to monitor your children's email activities. Each child under 13 will have their own Yahoo ID linked to your 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.


In compliance with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), Yahoo and other websites are not allowed to release any of your child's personal info to third parties.

A child account can't be left open if the parent deletes their associated account. For more info on COPPA and requirements for websites in protecting your child's information, visit the COPPA website.