This thread is meant to document research completed in January 2008.
In January 2008, the Albuquerque Homeschool Co-op researched the possibility of hosting "junior members" on this website after such a service was requested. After researching FCC policy and COPPA, it was agreed that such a move might incurr an enormous liability upon the website owner; in short, we decided to NOT host junior members. Below, you will find several useful websites with relevant information about this topic.
COPPA, Children's Online Privacy Protection Act: http://www.coppa.org/
Federal Communication Commission (FCC) article: http://pcworld.about.com/news/Aug092006id126666.htm