Reports say that Google is planning to start its web services exclusively for kids under 13 years old to use them in a safe way. It is believed that this rumored Google for kids version will welcome by parents as they would have ultimate control over their kids while using these new Google features. Let’s have a detailed discussion on this recent tech news in this post.
Kids and Technology
According to a recent authoritative new report, average 6 years old kid understands the digital technology well than a 45-year-old adult. Now a days, children are spending time with media technology and show keen interest in learning the latest technological developments. I would say that the new technology advancements help the kids to develop socially and emotionally, but it is essential that their parents should closely track the tech habits and teach them to lead a balanced life between indoor and outdoor activities. Yes, if the adolescents overuse the technology, they might not interest to interact with the real world and experience lack of time for creative thoughts.
Google for kids – Expected new Google service for kids
The search giant, Google is planning to start its services like Gmail, YouTube, Drive etc. that would legally allow the kids under 13 years old to sign-up. As of now, these services are not officially offered to the persons for the age below 13 years and thus Google is setting up a new system that would include a dashboard for parents to watch over the activities of their kids. Moreover, it is supposed that the search giant is working on a suite of tools for kids which would include “child-safe version of YouTube”.
It is clearly understood from the report notes that the Google open its digital doors for pre-teens to maintain their privacy and the company works to ensure that this new service comply with COPPA, the Child Online Privacy Protection Act which would protect the collected information from kids.
Reason for launching the new service for kids
The following might be the reason for the launch of “Google for Kids”
- Some parents show interest in creating Gmail account for their children and want to stay in compliance with COPPA.
- School students have started using low-cost Chromebooks for their academic purpose and its products based on Google services.
Google initiates to organize a “Child safe” version of Google services like Gmail and YouTube specifically for kids. This account includes a custom dashboard for parents to give control and access their browsing habits on the above specified services. But yet, the company didn’t include any details of privacy settings of this new feature but there will be some sort of security elements when signing up for “Child safe” Google account. This change may affect the regular users to reveal their age while signing up of Google services.
I estimate that the internet giant have decided to expand its user base and hence providing this big opportunity for pre-teens since they are adopting technology at their young age. I agree that these types of kid-friendly products/services could help the parents, but it would be good if the kids use technology in moderation and opportunities should give to wander their mind to grow with communication and thinking capabilities.
So, the kids need not to give any fake age while signing up the Google services. I read the tech news “Google For Kids” in the morning and just shared this information and opinions with you. What do you say? What is your thought about this child-friendly web service by Google? Would it be helpful for kids? Express your views in comment section.