How does Google’s age access change impact Securly users?

Google has introduced new age based access restrictions for its Google Workspace for Education services users. These changes came into effect on Sep 1, 2021. To understand what these changes mean for you and your organisation, check out the support article from Google.

Overall, these changes do not impact Securly filtering negatively and schools can continue using Securly seamlessly. Schools can expect the following changes in behavior:

  1. Google requires schools to identify which users 18 years and above to help Google implement the new age access restrictions. If the admin has not identified such users, schools could see users in some OUs or custom groups getting the restrict policy from Google.  
  2. Google will begin enforcing safe search for all under 18 users and so irrespective of whether admin has enabled safe search their students will be displayed safe search results only.
  3. Google will restrict under 18 users from sharing their location or turning on location history. This might potentially impact geolocation tracking for flagged activity that is displayed on the dashboard in our Safety Console, or displayed against those activities in the Activities feed. 
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