While I know that Scratch is for all ages, sometimes I feel like the forums are not. For example, if someone asked:
Can I say (insert swear word here) on Scratch?
And another user responded:
No, because Scratch is for all ages
Then a younger child could still see it if they looked on the forums, which kind of defeats the purpose of Scratch being for all ages if sometimes the forums are not.
I think that a solution for this problem is that if a child is younger than (certain age yet to be determined) then there won’t be an automatic link at the bottom of every page leading to the forums, or an alert that pops up stating that the ST has emailed their guardians email address (provided when creating an account) for their permission for the child to access the forums the first time that they try to access the forums. Or maybe this only happens in the questions forum topic, which mostly has all of the “Is this allowed?” forum posts.