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Google rules changed for below 18 for online safety, have you checked that?

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Google has changed its rules to promote online safety. In such a situation, the rules for using Google Search and Youtube have become strict for children under the age of 18. In such a situation, the use of Google and YouTube for children will be partially banned. Meaning children below 18 years of age will not be able to enjoy all the features of Google and Youtube. Along with this, some new features have been rolled out for the internet safety of children.

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What are the changes in Google rules for 18 below?

  • People under the age of 18 will not be able to create a standard Google Account. But they will be allowed to use Google account with limited features.
  • Google will gradually change its default upload setting. Children ages 13 to 17 will be able to use YouTube’s default upload. Also, there will be a facility to filter the search. Meaning the topic that you select will appear in your Google search list.
  • Google has rolled out a feature for children, which will be known as SafeSearch. In this, the children’s Google accounts will be linked with the family. In which children of 18 years of age can sign in. This way, what the children are searching online, will be known to the family members.
  • A new safety section has been launched by Google on the Google Play Store. From where parents can keep track of which app their child is downloading. Also, you will be able to find out how much data has been used. In such a situation, parents will be able to decide which app is safe for their child.

Also, Google specifies that…

Google specifies that each unique URL in a specific complaint is considered an individual “item”, which is why the number of removals is higher than total complaints. Further, “a single complaint may specify multiple items that potentially relate to the same or different pieces of content.”

Nearly 98 per cent of the content removal was with regard to copyright: 58,391. The rest of categories were: trademark: 931 (1.6%) Circumvention: 13 (0.0%) Counterfeit: 7 (0.0%) Defamation: 7 (0.0%) Other Legal: 1 (0.0%)

The “removal actions” number represents the number of items where a piece of content was removed or restricted during the one-month reporting period as a result of a specific complaint. Google says they review all complaints carefully.

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