Google announced this Tuesday that it will introduce in the coming weeks the possibility for those under 18 years of age, or their parents or guardians, to request the removal of their images in the results of Google Images. The company remembers that it has the program Family Link, with which parents can configure supervised accounts for their children, as well as establish screen time limits and other rules, In addition, as reported via a press release, it will introduce various changes in Google accounts for non-adults:
● Youtube: The company will “Gradually adjust” the default upload settings to the highest privacy option available to teens ages 13-17. In addition, it ensures that it will make the functions of Digital Wellbeing and we will offer guarantees and training on commercial content. On YouTube, Google will turn on rest and bedtime reminders and turn off autoplay for users under the age of 18. In addition, an autoplay option will be added to YouTube Kids that will be disabled by default. “In this way, it will be the parents who make the most appropriate decision for their families,” says the company.
● Google search: The company assures that it has “several systems, tools and politics”Designed to help people find content on the web without getting“ nasty adult content surprises ”that they haven’t searched for. Among them is that of safe search, that It helps to filter the results so that explicit content does not appear. It is already active by default for all users under the age of 13 who have accounts managed through Family Link. In the coming months, the company will activate this option for users under the age of 18 with existing accounts or who open new accounts.
● Location history: Location History is a Google account setting that helps make our products more useful. It is already disabled by default for all accounts and those under 13 do not have the option to enable it. The next step will be to extend this configuration to all users under 18 years of age around the world, that is, the Location History will remain deactivated and cannot be activated.
● Google Play: From initiatives such as the content classification and of the “applications approved by teachers” in order to offer quality children’s content, the company will launch a new security section that will allow parents to know which applications comply with our family policies. Applications will need to explain in more detail how they use the data they collect. This makes it easier for parents to decide if an app is suitable for their children before downloading it.
● Changes in advertising
The company has underscored its intention to expand protections that prevent age-sensitive ad categories from being shown to children. Also, for those under 18 years of age, the segmentation of ads based on age, gender or interests will be blocked. We will begin rolling out these updates to all of our products and worldwide in the coming months. Our goal is to provide additional protections and provide age-appropriate experiences in the ads that appear on Google.