LinkedIn is reducing its minimum age for connection from 18 to 13. Children's profiles will have default settings making less of their personal information publicly perceptible, with more important links to safety information. Support requests from teen members will also be dealt with individually. The conclusion comes the day after the social-networking site for professionals launched University Pages, allowing higher education institutions to set up profiles.
Dr Bernie Hogan, of the Oxford Internet Institute, supposed the growth, which takes effect on 12 September, would assist children "distinguish between the public profile they want for employment the personal profile they share on Face book with their friends and relations". However Dr Hogan also warned children could become a nuisance to Linkedin's 225 million existing members if they used the site to have fun or set up profiles with false names.