The digital world California young people and parents want
Teens Speak Out
Young people call for a design code.
What would the Kids Code do?
If the California Age Appropriate Design Code were passed into law, companies would have to consider the privacy and protection of children in the design of any digital product or service that children in California are likely to access.
We know the practical impact this can have on children, because the Bill is based on a UK law that has already prompted Silicon Valley’s biggest names to innovate in the best interests of UK children. For instance:
- Google have made SafeSearch the default browsing mode for all under 18s.
- YouTube have turned off autoplay for under 18s and break and bedtime reminders are turned on by default.
- TikTok and Instagram have disabled direct messages between children and adults they do not follow.
- The Google Play Store now prevents under 18s from viewing and downloading apps rated as adult-only.
These are just a handful of changes that will make children’s experience online safer.
We have a Tech Crisis
Californian children deserve these protections too.