In compliance with the Child Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) of 1998, MousePlanet does not allow children under the age of 13 to register on MousePad. This is a Federal law. If you are 12 and you turn 13 in three months, we will welcome you after your 13th birthday, but not a day before. Sorry.
COPA vs COPPA
There is some confusion between COPA (Child Online Protection Act)and COPPA (Children's Online Privacy Protection Act). In June 2000, the Third U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision barring enforcement of COPA, on the grounds that it was too broad and prohibitive. COPPA, on the other hand, is active and enforceable. For your reference, we are providing a link to an article at child-friendly 4kids.org, describing the difference. [Adults may wish to read this article from New Architect magazine and this article from Wired News.]