Google To Launch Kid-Friendly YouTube, Chrome and Other Apps
Children nowadays adopt new technology rather quickly, but there always are some functions or applications that are somewhat difficult to handle for them. However, Google is looking to change that as they have decided to launch kid-friendly versions of its popular apps namely Chrome and YouTube sometime next year.
The apps are being developed for the kids that are under the age of 12, and will boost creativity in a way that their skills can also be highlighted with the newly made platforms. Currently, we do not know how these apps will be helpful and how they will work, but it is a very good initiative and will certainly help a lot of children around the world to get a better understanding of the features.
However, this project is easier said than done; there are multiple laws for kids that have to be taken under consideration before an online product for the kids can be made available. One of the primary legislation called Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) has made it clear how the information should be collected and presented to the children that are under the age of 13.
Google will have to take this law under consideration before they go all in with their new goal. Earlier this year, Yelp had been sued for violating the act and they were fined $450,000.
The vice president of engineering at Google, Pavni Diwanji seems quite thrilled about this project though and is well aware of the rules and regulation that she would have to follow:
We want to be thoughtful about what we do, giving parents the right tools to oversee their kids’ use of our products.
Google is not the only company trying to target the children, as Apple also introduced a similar of kind of kid-friendly Apple ID along with iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite’s Family Sharing. These features allow kids to buy and download different apps, albeit under certain oversight and permission from parents is still needed.
I am sure a lot of kids and their parents will benefit from this initiative from Google as both YouTube and Chrome are largely used apps, and making them kid-friendly will work in favor of everyone. Parents will be able to keep tabs on their kids as they use their regular technology, and Google will be able to make their popular apps even more accessible.
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