What if my e-communication is directed towards minors? (cont’d)
(b) Contract law
E-reputation does not depend entirely on communication between the company and its clients and also depends on the actual provision of the goods or services of the company.
To be enforceable against the minor, these contractual terms must comply with various requirements.
Next comes the general question of whether a minor can validly accept such terms, given that he or she should normally be represented by his or her parents. One is nevertheless entitled to doubt whether a minor will ask his or her parents to accept terms and conditions on the Internet. Following this logic, though, the consent by a minor to contractual terms will only be valid if these terms do not harm his or her interests. Consequently, a company that wishes to enter into contracts with minors will be well advised to propose balanced and easily understandable terms, bearing in mind the risk that any obligation for the minor could be deemed not to be enforceable.