Shalom Life | July 01, 2014

Google to Allow Accounts for Children Under Thirteen

The search engine giant is modifying its services for younger children that will give parents full control of their child’s account

By: Caitlin Marceau

Published: August 19th, 2014 in Business » World

Recently Google has stirred up controversy as plans to allow children under the age of thirteen to create accounts for their social media and video sharing services are underway. According to a report by the Wall Street Journal, Google’s planning on launching accounts for children that will grant their parents full control over the content they post and see, while also collecting information accessible to parents on how their child is using Google’s services.

Currently, Google requires users be ages thirteen and up in order to open an account for Google+ or YouTube. The strict age limitations on social media, and online services, are a result of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). COPPA requires strict rules on how information is collected on children under the age of thirteen, parental consent, and a slew of other regulations on how the information is handled, which is why companies like Google and Facebook require users to be of a certain age.

The plans to allow restricted access of Google’s services to children has already begun to spark controversy across North America. Groups that advocate for increased online privacy have begun to speak out about the internet mogul’s plans. Jeff Chester, executive director of the Center for Digital Democracy, explained in an interview with the Wall Street Journal that, “Unless Google does this right it will threaten the privacy of millions of children and deny parents the ability to make meaningful decisions about who can collect information on their kids.”

Although having accounts for young children may seem like a step in the wrong direction, children under the legal age requirement have already begun to make accounts for themselves using false information concerning their birth dates. Parents have also been found making accounts for their children, or giving their kids access to a shared family account for services such as YouTube.

While Google isn’t liable for information collected on these underaged users (as they’re not liable for clients who lie about personal information), it has brought to their attention the fact that while they require children to be thirteen and up to make accounts, it doesn’t mean children below the required age have to comply. At least through monitored accounts, parents will have access to what does and doesn’t get shown online while also getting some insight on how their children surf the web.

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