Google has finally opened their Google Plus network for teenagers.
Google Plus is now open to people meeting following criteria:
Spain: 14 or older
South Korea: 14 or older
Netherlands: 16 or older
All other countries (including the US): 13 or older
They have taken some precautionary measures with these profiles to improve their only privacy and safety.
1. If the user tries to post something publicly, Google would warn them about the nature of the post. Public circle tab is highlighted in red color. This tab is currently green.
2. By default, only people in the user’s circles would be allowed to comment on posts. This also applies to notifications.
3. Google Plus Hangout gets some additional security measures. Teen users would be removed from hangouts if people outside their circles join them. They retain the option to join again if they so desire.
4. Google has also launched a new Google Plus Safety Center highlighting these features and more.
Google also announced a bunch of new individuals and organizations joining Plus catering to teen audience.
Google Plus VP Bradley Horowitz said:
Between strong user protections and teen-focused content, it’s our hope that young adults will feel at home (and have some fun) on Google+. And of course, we do have at least one thing in common with our newest users: we’re both busy growing up.