Parents' Guide to

Google+

By Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Social network adds a few good privacy tweaks for teens.

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Google+ attempts to improve on Facebook's friend concept, incorporates Twitter-ish features, and includes group video and chat features with Hangouts. Privacy settings are customizable, and the core idea is that circles give users more control about what they share and with whom. While Google+ makes it easier to group contacts into Circles, it's still somewhat difficult to navigate, and teens haven't flocked to the site as some had speculated.

Initially, the inclusion of teen users on Google+ raised a lot of questions about how teens might use the site: How would each specific feature play out (will people like instant video chat or find it intrusive)? Would the teen privacy, safety, and education features be effective in creating a safer, more teen-appropriate social networking environment than others? How would the data sharing across Google services affect the teen experience concerning marketing and advertising? And, of course, would Google+ grow to become Facebook's top social network rival?

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