How ML Technology can Create Age Appropriate Messaging Applications

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Parental Concerns

Most parents feel some fear when allowing their young children to navigate the internet unaccompanied. Many games, such as Minecraft, have a chat feature. Most people on the other side of the screen are children of a similar age, however, there is no way to ensure this. In these chatrooms, kids could be chatting with an adult. Unfortunately for children and parents, adults are known to have slightly more colorful vocabularies than children.

Most of these applications and games are entirely unmonitored, and parents expose their children to any type of person when they allow them to communicate online. The type of content that children are exposed to when dealing with strangers could be explicit. And even though some games, such as club penguin, have automatic filters, more popular games do not.

One of the biggest fears for parents is unsafe language in chatrooms, especially for young children. This may be a barrier to engagement for businesses catered toward young people. However, using machine learning, a business can train a system to filter out particular words and their suffixes.

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