Google introduces new Chrome, YouTube defaults for accounts managed by schools

The admins from primary and secondary institutions would have to indicate the age of their users, like their teachers and staff.

By Rajan Nath - June 30, 2021 5:06 pm

A week after announcing new education features, Google is updating the privacy and security defaults for students using Chrome, accounts, and other apps, managed by schools.

Reportedly, Google started updating its privacy notice for teachers, parents, and students to make it easier to figure out what information was being collected and why.

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The admins from primary and secondary institutions would have to indicate the age of their users, like their teachers and staff. They have to indicate, which of their users were 18 and older, using organizational units or groups in Admin Console.

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While using Google services, the new age-based access settings make it easy for admins to tailor experiences for their users on the basis of their age.

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On September 1, students under the age of 18 in K-12, using a school-managed Google Account, can only view YouTube content assigned by teachers. They won't be able to comment, post videos, live stream, or even Cast on TVs.

Meanwhile, similar restrictions will be applied to Search, Google Play (content restrictions), Maps, Earth, and Photos. The other products will be entirely unavailable on the school-managed Google Account.

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If admins failed to make a selection by September 1, the primary and secondary institutions users will be put on default to the under-18 experience, while the users of higher-education institutions will default to the 18-and-older experience.

Likewise, the K-12 students using Chrome will see SafeSearch and SafeSites enabled by default. On the other hand, the Guest Mode and Incognito Mode would be disabled. The admins would be able to change these settings at any time.

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