Parenting in 2023 requires talking with your kids not just about the hazards of the internet and social media but also the artificial intelligence spreading rapidly into just about every app or online service. Common Sense Media, the nonprofit that rates movies and other media for parents, is trying to help families adapt to the age of AI. Today it launched its first analysis and ratings for AI tools, including OpenAI’s ChatGPT and Snapchat’s My AI chatbot.
My AI received one of the lowest scores among the 10 systems covered in Common Sense’s report, which warns that the chatbot is willing to chat with teen users about sex and alcohol and that it misrepresented Snap’s targeted advertising. Common Sense concludes there are “more downsides to My AI than benefits.”
The Washington Post previously reported similar results to Common Sense when testing Snapchat’s MyAI earlier this year. A statement provided by Maggie Cherneff on behalf of Snapchat’s owner Snap said the chatbot is an optional tool designed with safety and privacy in mind and that parents can see if and when teens use it in the app’s Family Center.
Common Sense’s reviews of AI services were carried out by experts that included Michael Preston, director of an innovation and research lab with Sesame Street producer Sesame Workshop; Margaret Mitchell, a researcher at startup Hugging Face who previously co-led AI ethics research at Google; and Tracy Pizzo Frey, who previously worked on responsible AI at Google Cloud.
The reviewers assigned each AI tool an overall rating of between one and five stars and a separate privacy rating, and reported how ChatGPT and others measured up against a set of AI principles for services for children and families introduced by Common Sense Media in September. The principles include promoting learning and keeping kids and teens safe.