Teens (13 years old) can now sign up for Google Plus

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Google just opened another door in order for teens to sign up for the Google+ service. The age limit in order to create a Google+ account was changed from 18 y/o to 13 y/o though this age requirements is not available for people living in Spain, South Korea and Netherlands. Also Teens who created a G+ account will have a different set of settings than older ones.

Bradley Horowitz, posted on his G+ two days ago:

Teens and young adults are the most active Internet users on the planet [1]. 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 Google+, we want to help teens build meaningful connections online. We also want to provide features that foster safety alongside self-expression. Today we’re doing both, for everyone who’s old enough for a Google Account (13+ in most countries [2]).

If you can remember Facebook also change the age requirements to 13 years old, last year which also have it’s own set of restrictions.

Last modified: January 28, 2012

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