Teens and young adults are the most active Internet users on the planet. And surprise, surprise: they’re also human beings who enjoy spending time with friends and family. Put these two things together and it’s clear that teens will increasingly connect online. Unfortunately, online sharing is still second-rate for this age group.
In life, for instance, teens can share the right things with just the right people (like classmates, parents or close ties). Over time, the nuance and richness of selective sharing even promotes authenticity and accountability. Sadly, today’s most popular online tools are rigid and brittle by comparison, so teens end up over-sharing with all of their so-called “friends.”
With one of the new changes, Google will encourage teens to think before they post when they try to share something outside their circles.
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For notifications, by default, only those in teens’ circles will be able to say hello.
If a stranger outside a teen’s circles joins a hangout, Google temporarily removes the teen, and gives them a chance to rejoin.