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Inappropriate ads

I have used GeoGuessr for a long time in my classroom and absolutely love it and the kids love it too. However, I refuse to use it any more in my class until the inappropriate ads are removed from the site. There were multiple lingerie ads showing up and that is unacceptable. Until I hear back that this issue has been resolved, I will not be using this and will refer my students to other appropriate educational gaming sites.
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  • Hi guys

    Sorry about this, the ads are default Google Ads and should be targeted based on your web history. We've looked into this and blocked few additional categories now (such as underwear) and just let us know if this should happen again. However, if you want to be completely certain you could sign up for a pro account (free trial for 10 days) which removes the ads altogether.

    Regards,
    Anton
  • I get the Google Ads part of it but I can tell you for certain that my students web history would not be directing those types of ads their way. I get that that does happen but in this case, I'm hoping that by blocking the categories it is resolved. Thanks.
    Ryan
  • I do too and please let us know if this should happen again!

    Regards,
    Anton
  • I would like to open this back up again. My students are receiving inappropriate ads again. The ads are now about dating websites and have some suggestive photos. I am asking my students to mark them as inappropriate.
    Ryan
  • Hi again,

    I stumbled upon this old thread.. Have you noticed any difference the last couple of months?

    best,
    Mikael
  • Same here! I loved to use Geoguessr with my class but I got the same kind of inappropriate ads showing up on their computes. Lingerie, singles in my area, etc.Same with new computers from the school.
    Simon Forget
  • It's probably because ads are targeted by the search history and it's very common in schools to have students to go on suspicious websites... and changing computers won't have any effect as advertising is linked to IP address.

    It's possible to disable targeted audience in advertising settings for webmasters but I think random ads give less revenues, especially if they decide to disable specific domains like meeting websites.

    If you're using the game only on your computer (if you're the teacher) then getting a Pro account would be the best solution. But if the students also have to play on their computers then you can't use a single Pro account for everyone (plus, students would use it to play at home, or try to change password etc, not counting billing details being gathered).
    Mapper
  • I do not know if it has gotten better or not because I've directed my students to other educational games sites, which is unfortunate. I understand that previous history will target ads but when one of my female students who I am 100% confident has not strayed into a questionable site is getting ads about singles, that's where I draw the line. We also do not share devices here at school. I know it is a free service and they are generating revenue from ads and I am totally okay with that. But there needs to be a recognition that there are a lot of students that are playing this great game. So until it gets I see this issue has been resolved, I will continue to steer kids away from the site.
    Ryan
  • Excuse me but all of our school network is blocking any kind of inappropriate content and saying "kids don't go on appropriate websites in schools" is not really applicable.

    Even if they were, this does not change the fact that your team does have the possibility to change the kind on advertisement with Google Adsense.

    Here is my question then : are you planning any changes with Google Adsense regarding the type of advertisement? 

    Simon Forget
  • Hi guys, sorry to hear you're getting inappropriate ads.

    We are working on a new feature for teachers where you can get a group account and add your students email addresses, that way everyone gets a pro account and won't see any ads at all. There will also be other features as being able to track scores and maybe the possibility to add a quiz after each location. Stay tuned for more updates!

    best,
    Mikael

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