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Google Age-Based Controls

Google services will be tailored for our students based on age.

Google Age-Based Control Changes allow us to:

  • Tailor experiences for our students and set access to some Google services based on age;
  • Enforce a more secure experience for our students; and
  • Align better with the three pillars of safer Learning in Google's Safer Learning with Google for Education model:
    1. secure by default
    2. privacy by design
    3. full transparency with control.

For APS, this means that anyone under 18 will have an age-restricted experience with some Google Services. Some services will not be available at all for users under the age of 18. The biggest instructional impact will likely be in YouTube access and use.

App restrictions for users under 18

Students under the age of 18 will have restrictions in some Google services when they're signed-in to their Google Workspace for Education account. Also, some services aren't available to users under the age of 18.  Some of the specific app limitations for APS students who are under the age of 18 are detailed below.


APS students who are under the age of 18 can’t:

  • Create channels, playlists, stories, shorts, or upload videos
  • Watch or create live stream events
  • See or post comments
  • Participate in live chat
  • Buy channel memberships, creator merchandise, movies and TV shows, Super Chat and Super Stickers, or participate in YouTube Giving fundraisers
  • Use apps, including YouTube Go, YouTube Music, YouTube Studio, YouTube TV, and YouTube VR
  • Access other features, including:  Cast on TV; Connect game accounts; Use Incognito mode; Get personalized ads; Enable or disable Restricted Mode

Google Search

SafeSearch helps filter most explicit content from Google Search results. Users under the age of 18 who are signed into Google Search with their Google Workspace for Education accounts have SafeSearch turned on by default across all browsers.

Google Maps and Google Earth

APS students who are under the age of 18 can’t:

  • Access features that require payments
  • Create public posts, such as comments and reviews
  • Participate in Local Guides
  • Turn on Location History for their Google Workspace for Education account
  • Access Google Maps Timeline
  • Share their location

Google Photos

APS students who are under the age of 18 can’t:

  • See prompts for paid features.
  • Use partner sharing. 

Services not available to users under 18

  • Brand Accounts
  • Campaign Manager
  • Google Ad Manager
  • Google Ads
  • Google AdSense
  • Google Analytics
  • Google Pay
  • Google Play Console
  • Location History
  • Merchant Center
  • Partner Dash
  • Play Books Partner Center
  • Search Ads 360
  • Doubleclick Studio