minimum age according to LinkedIn
16+ minimum age according to LinkedIn

What is LinkedIn?

LinkedIn is a social network and job site aimed at professional communities. You can create a profile, similar to a resume, with your name, photo, work experience and interests, then connect with people to build your professional network. You can also share content, post on discussion groups, give professional recommendations and send private messages. 

LinkedIn attracts individuals, businesses and organisations who use the platform in a variety of ways. It may serve as a networking tool, a social platform, a sales and marketing channel, an online learning hub, or a recruitment site for advertising jobs and finding staff. Basic LinkedIn accounts are free to set up with several paid premium services offered within the app. 

LinkedIn is available on desktop browser and mobile app.


Apps: AndroidApple iOS

How do people use LinkedIn?

Learn about the risks and benefits associated with how people use professional networking services like LinkedIn. 

LinkedIn is used for: content sharing, in-app purchasing, messaging/online chat, online relationships, photo/video sharing and screen capture

How can you report safety concerns, inappropriate content or block communication?

These links are provided by LinkedIn:

  • Reporting
    Learn how to report inappropriate content, messages or safety concerns on LinkedIn.
  • Member blocking
    Get an overview on blocking or unblocking other users in LinkedIn.

How can you protect your personal information?

These links are provided by LinkedIn:

  • Privacy Hub 
    Learn how to change your privacy settings and control your personal data. 
  • Privacy Policy
    Read LinkedIn’s policy on how it handles your personal information.
  • Manage ad settings
    Adjust your account's ad settings and learn how data collected on LinkedIn is used to show you ads.

Key safety links

These links are provided by LinkedIn:

  • Family and safety
    Offers online safety tips and guidance for parents and educators.  
  • Identifying Abuse
    How to recognise and avoid harmful activity on LinkedIn like phishing, scams, fake profiles and spam.
  • Staying Safe
    Learn more about how you can stay safe on LinkedIn and keep your personal information secure. 
  • Professional Community Policies
    Outlines the expected behaviour from you and others while using LinkedIn.
  • User Agreement
    Read the terms you agree to by using LinkedIn.

Last updated: 04/06/2024

The eSafety Guide helps you find out how to protect your personal information and report harmful content on common social media, games, apps and sites. Entries are for information only and are not reviews or endorsements by eSafety. Before choosing to use any online service or platform it’s best to:

  • do your own research to understand the risks and benefits
  • check the age rating and requirements
  • consider privacy
  • check the permissions and other settings
  • check the in-app reporting options.

If you are a parent or carer who is deciding whether a child should be allowed to use an online service or platform, you can also:

  • consider your child's readiness for the types of content and experiences they might encounter
  • help them understand what to do if they need help
  • provide ongoing support and monitoring, for example through regular check-ins with your child
  • agree to some rules about use of each service or platform.

To find out more, you can read the App checklist for parents, as well as information about parental controls in social media, games and apps and mental wellbeing resources for families.