Google Gemini (or Google Bard)

Minimum age according to Google Gemini
18+ Minimum age according to Google Gemini

What is Google Gemini?

Google Gemini (formerly known as Google Bard) is an artificial intelligence (AI) chatbot, which allows people to interact in a conversational way and generate content. It is positioned as a creative companion to Google search that lets you collaborate with generative AI and uses Google’s LaMDA (Language Model for Dialogue Applications) to create free-flowing conversations. LaMDA is a Transformer-based model that ‘learns’ by reading trillions of words and is shaped by human feedback to help it pick up on the nuances of human language.

Google Gemini can chat with you, answer questions, summarise information, brainstorm ideas and generate code and other outputs.

Google Gemini is experimental and has certain limitations, as Google makes clear, the chatbot ‘has built-in safety controls and clear mechanisms for feedback in line with our AI Principles, be aware that it may display inaccurate information or offensive statements.’ 

Google Gemini may also infringe intellectual copyright by incorporating content without permission and not attributing content.


How do people use Google Gemini?

Google Gemini is used to search the internet and generate content, which means users could be exposed to inappropriate content.

How can you ask for content to be removed and protect your personal information?

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Last updated: 06/06/2024

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  • do your own research to understand the risks and benefits
  • check the age rating and requirements
  • consider privacy
  • check the permissions and other settings
  • check the in-app reporting options.

If you are a parent or carer who is deciding whether a child should be allowed to use an online service or platform, you can also:

  • consider your child's readiness for the types of content and experiences they might encounter
  • help them understand what to do if they need help
  • provide ongoing support and monitoring, for example through regular check-ins with your child
  • agree to some rules about use of each service or platform.

To find out more, you can read the App checklist for parents, as well as information about parental controls in social media, games and apps and mental wellbeing resources for families.