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What are the age categories?

The different age categories - Kids Only, Young Teen, Mature Teen, and General Access (18+) - offer increasing access to what your child can see and do online. Kids Only is the most restrictive category while General Access (18+) is the least restrictive.

  • Kids Only (12 and under)
    Allows access to age-appropriate features and content through AOL's Kids channel (Sign-on to AOL and visit AOL Keyword: Kids) and the rest of the internet (when accessed through AOL). Premium services and instant messages are blocked.

  • Young Teen (13-15)
    Allows access to age-appropriate interactive features and information on AOL and the rest of the internet (when accessed through AOL). Premium services and instant messages, as well as private and member chat rooms, are blocked.

  • Mature Teen (16-17)
    Allows the most freedom of all children's categories. Gives access to most interactive features and information on AOL and the rest of the internet (when accessed through AOL). Web sites with explicitly mature content are blocked.

  • General Access (18+)
    Allows full access to all features and content on AOL and the rest of the internet.