Google’s parents’ control over their children’s Google search, shopping and other Google activities has come under increasing scrutiny.
Google’s parent company, Alphabet, has begun to use the parental controls system to control search and search-related services for the first time.
A spokesperson for Google parent company Alphabet told The Jerusalem Press on Thursday that it is “actively working with Google Parental Controls” to ensure that parents can use Google Search and other services without restrictions.
According to Google’s parent-to-child guidelines, parents can only access certain search, browsing and related services for their children when the child is on a device that is “committed to protecting the privacy and security of its users.”
The guidelines state that Google’s “parents can only be granted permission to use Google’s search and other related services in a limited, supervised environment for the children’s benefit.”
They also state that parents “must be aware that, with parental consent, the parents may not use Google search or other related search services for personal use or for advertising purposes, or otherwise for any purpose other than those authorized by the parents.”
The spokesperson said that the company is “working with Google parent controls to help parents keep their children safe and secure.”
This story has been updated to reflect that Google Parenting has been deployed by Alphabet to its parent company.