Google introduces new security rules for children
Google is introducing new measures designed to boost the security of underage users when they’re online, particularly in terms of personal data and inappropriate content.
- On YouTube, videos posted online by any user aged between 13 and 17 will now be in “private” mode by default, which means they will not be able to be viewed by just anybody.
- In Google Images, minors (or their parents) will be able to request that their photos are withdrawn from the list of results.
- In the Google search engine, a "SafeSearch" filter will now be activated for all underage users in order to shield them from potentially inappropriate content.
- The location history feature will be deactivated and cannot be activated for all users under the age of 18.
- Advertisers will no longer be able to target children with their advertisements (depending on their age, gender or interests).
In parallel with these measures and as a parent, do not hesitate to take preventative action as much as possible. Think carefully before posting photos of your children online. Set rules for going online at home and make youngsters aware of the most common risks that threaten every Internet user. These include phishing, as well as the various scams and fake news published on the social networks. Also be wary of connected toys and the potential breaches of security and confidentiality that go with them.