Microsoft and Family Safety comply with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) regarding online account creation for children under the age of 13. To verify that an adult is giving a child permission to create a new Microsoft account, COPPA requires a small amount be charged to the adult's credit card. We charge 50 cents for this verification. This charge isn't refundable.
No. Microsoft only charges you once to verify your age when you first create a child account. After that, you can use your Microsoft account to create additional child accounts.
Yes. Companies that allow accounts to be created for children often use a credit card charge to verify parental consent under COPPA.
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Article ID: 10502 - Last Review: 3 Aug 2017 - Revision: 21