No one takes pop up warnings seriously these days – especially kids under eighteen. Kids automatically click yes on the “You must be 18 to access this website. Please click yes if you are eighteen or no if you are under eighteen” warnings without giving them a second thought. But what they and the websites fail to understand is that any sort of content that requires an age limit of more than 18 years ought to be restricted for that age group as it can have serious implications on their mind and mental health.

Ever since the rise of online shopping, you can purchase all sorts of things online and the world web features all sorts of products one can purchase from the comfort of their home. However, a downside to this is that one cannot keep at bay age-sensitive products from kids under the age of 18 and the most that websites do is make users click a check box confirming that they are above the age of 18. There is absolutely no verification system in place, and the purchase and use of such products could potentially harm the child’s mental and physical health.

why websites need to integrate age verification software

This is where age verification software comes into play and it is imminent that all websites, whether they be social media websites, blogging websites or ecommerce websites – all should deploy an online age verification system.

Age verification software essentially works by determining a user’s age by checking and referencing public databases. This allows websites to ensure that their users’ are above the age of eighteen or not when they try to access age restricted content. However, it is crucial that the age verification system deployed is seamless and it does not disrupt the user experience of an online user. That is, a user above the age of 18 shouldn’t be barred from accessing a website because a system checks him/her out as below 18 due to referencing an older database of making a mistake.

Age restricted industries such as gaming, gambling, tobacco sellers, vaping sellers, alcohol online stores, should particularly be careful and deploy well-working age verification systems. This is because the products or services they sell or provide could potentially be damaging to the mental and physical health of kids below the age of 18. Additionally, if they continue to sell their products and services without confirming the age of their buyers, they could face serious repercussions from authorities and potentially have to pay hefty fines.

Age verification systems deploy artificial intelligence and machine learning in their workings and hence are becoming much smarter and accurate at assessing and analyzing the real age of their users.

By installing age verification systems companies can also build a better brand reputation as it would show that they care about minors and hence have deployed or used a system to filter them out accordingly.

An online age verification system is indeed a blessing and does wonders to improve a website’s users’ experience online. This is a new piece of technology that when deployed effectively can create a superior user experience and keep minors safe.