Google to Provide Protections for Kids Under 18

Google announced they are adding protections for kids and teenagers who are under the age of 18. Google posted this information on The Keyword.

According to Google, they already provide a range of removal options for people using Google Search. In the coming weeks, Google will introduce a new policy that enables anyone under the age of 18, or their parent or guardian, to request the removal of their images from Google image results. Google points out that removing the image from search does not remove it from the web. The company believes this change will help give young people more control over their images online.

Here are more details:

YouTube: Google is changing the default upload setting to the most private option available for teens ages 13-17. They will also “more prominently surface” digital wellbeing features and provide safeguards and education about commercial content.

Search: Google highlights SafeSearch, which helps filter out explicit results when enabled and is already on by default for all signed-in users under the age of 13 who have accounts managed by Family Link. In the coming months, Google will turn on SafeSearch for existing users under 18 and make this the default setting for teens setting up new accounts.

Assistant: In the coming months, Google will apply their SafeSearch technology to the web browser and on smart displays for all signed in users under 13 who have accounts managed by Family Link.

Location History: Google says Location History is already off by default for all accounts, and children with supervised accounts don’t have the option of turning Location History on. Soon, Google will extend this to users under the age of 18 globally, meaning that Location History will remain off (without the option to turn it on).

Play: Google is launching a new safety section that will let parents know which apps follow Google’s Families policies. Apps will be required to disclose how they use the data they collect in greater detail, making it easier for parents to decide if the app is right for their child before they download it.

The New York Times reported that there is growing bipartisan support in Washington to press technology companies to do more to protect children. Google has faced scrutiny over its handling of data related to children multiple times.