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How we’ve created a helpful and responsible Bard experience for teens

The Bard logo is surrounded by photos of teens and prompts like “what are some fun science fair ideas for the 9th grade”?

Tomorrow, we’ll open up access to Bard to teenagers in most countries around the world. Teens in those countries who meet the minimum age requirement to manage their own Google Account will be able to access Bard in English, with more languages to come over time.

A helpful and informational tool for teens

Teens can use Bard to find inspiration, discover new hobbies and solve everyday problems. For example, they could ask Bard for writing tips for a class president speech, suggestions for what universities to apply to, or ways to learn a new sport like pickleball.

Bard can also be a helpful learning tool for teens, allowing them to dig deeper into topics, better understand complex concepts and practice new skills in ways that work best for them. They could, for instance, ask Bard to help them brainstorm science fair project ideas or learn more about a specific time period in history.

For even more interactive learning, we’re bringing a math learning experience into Bard. Anyone, including teens, can simply type or upload a picture of a math equation, and Bard won’t just give the answer — it’ll share step-by-step explanations of how to solve it.

Bard will be able to help with data visualization, too. With this new capability, Bard can generate charts from tables or data included in a prompt — like if a teen asks Bard to show in a bar chart how many hours they volunteered across a few months.

Both features will be live tomorrow and available in English to start.

Our responsible approach

We're continuing to be responsible as we open up Bard to more people. Before launching to teens, we consulted with child safety and development experts to help shape our content policies and an experience that prioritizes safety. And organizations like the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) advised us on how to keep the needs of teens and families in mind.

"FOSI's research found that most teens and parents expect that GenAI skills will be an important part of their future,” says Stephen Balkam, Founder & CEO of the Family Online Safety Institute. “Google's thoughtful approach to expanding Bard access to teens represents an important step in offering teens the opportunity to explore this technology with the appropriate safeguards in place.”

Teens also shared feedback with us directly that they have questions about how to use generative AI and what its limitations might be. So we’ve developed a tailored onboarding experience in Bard for teens that includes resources like our AI Literacy Guide and a video with tips on how to use generative AI responsibly. The onboarding will also share an overview of how Bard Activity is used, and give teens the option to turn it on or off.

A video explains five must-knows to get started with generative AI.

During their Bard onboarding, teens will see this video about how to use generative AI responsibly.

Meanwhile, we’ve trained Bard to recognize areas that are inappropriate to younger users and implemented safety features and guardrails to help prevent unsafe content, such as illegal or age-gated substances, from appearing in its responses to teens.

We also recognize that many people, including teens, are not always aware of hallucinations in LLMs. So the first time a teen asks a fact-based question, we’ll automatically run our double-check response feature, which helps evaluate whether there’s content across the web to substantiate Bard’s response. Soon, this feature will automatically run when any new Bard user asks their first factual question. And for teens, we'll actively recommend using double-check to help them develop information literacy and critical thinking skills.

Over time, we’ll add even more ways for teens to learn and explore responsibly — and for everyone using Bard to have a creative collaborator at their fingertips.

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