Personal space matters. Pinterest protects it.
Personal space matters—especially when you’re young. For teens, maintaining personal space means having a safe place to explore, grow and figure out who you are. You’ve told us that Pinterest is your personal space online, where you can plan and manifest your futures without fear of being judged. We believe that’s worth protecting.
If you’re under 16, you may have noticed changes to your Pinterest accounts recently.1 Scroll to see the latest from Pinterest on what we’re doing to protect teens’ personal space, safety and emotional wellbeing.
Private by default
Teen accounts under 16 on Pinterest are private. We believe strangers should not be able to see your profile and invade that precious personal space. That means your Pinterest account won’t be discoverable by others unless you know them in real life.
No contact without consent
If you’re under 16, the boards and Pins you create will only be visible to followers you approve. You can collaborate on a group board and message people you know and trust in real life, as long as you give them permission. Put simply: Are you under 16 and looking to share your ideas with IRL friends on Pinterest? No problem. Total strangers reaching out to comment on what you’re doing? No thanks.
No fake filters on beauty
Beauty filters are fun at first, until they’re a subtle way to make you feel—again and again—like the way you really look isn’t good enough. Filters that change how you look can often start to change how you think about yourself, too. It’s a trap. So we don’t have those kinds of filters on Pinterest. For example, our Virtual Try On tools are a great way to play with eye makeup and lipstick colors—without distorting your face. Because you look great just as you are.
No body shaming
Pinterest has unique policies that don’t allow people to body shame on the platform—and that extends to brands, too. For example, weight loss ads have been particularly harmful to emotional wellbeing, so we simply don’t allow them.
As parents and guardians, you now have more options and tools for supporting teens under 18 online. For example, caregivers have the ability to require a passcode to change certain account settings for their teens. Reminding your parents you’re on Pinterest is smart for a lot of reasons, but especially because it’s one of the number one ways they figure out what presents to buy you. Pro tip.
Pinterest requires a date of birth for new accounts —regardless of your age. We’ve also expanded our age verification process. If someone who previously entered their age as under 18 attempts to change their date of birth on the Pinterest app, we will require them to send additional information to our third party partner to confirm it’s legit.
Maybe you’re a guardian with specific questions about how to keep your teen safe or update their account. Maybe you’re a teen who’d like to understand more about our content safety policies. Whatever you need, we’ve got resources available to you:
Visit our Help Center for instructions to change permissions and more.
From banning body shaming to taking a strict stance against hate speech, learn more about Pinterest policies.
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