Google to Develop Kid-friendly Apps

Google to Develop Kid-friendly Apps

Google Apps

Google AppsGoogle has developed a lot of helpful applications to its users. With the widespread usage of technology, even the kids has it. But there are Google Apps that are not kid-friendly. Isn’t it amazing if Google will also consider to develop apps for kids?

Google Apps for kids will be a great help for the youngsters for them to use on their education.

Google will target kids with redesigned versions of its products

Google plans versions of its products like search, YouTube and Chrome for kids that are 12 years and younger

Google is planning versions of some of its products that will be targeted at kids that are 12 years or younger, according to a news report.

Kids are seen as the next big frontier for Internet companies, and already a number of kids are known to lie about their ages to get accounts on social networks.

But a formal move by Google to enlist kids is likely to require the company to tread carefully as the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act in the U.S. has strict rules, including on the mining of a child’s personal information.

Before collecting, using or disclosing personal information from a child, Internet companies have to get the parent’s verifiable consent, according to COPPA rules. “COPPA leaves it up to you, but it’s important to choose a method reasonably designed in light of available technology to ensure that the person giving the consent is the child’s parent,” the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, which issues and enforces COPPA regulations, said on its website.

Google’s push to offer products targeted at kids is hence likely to come under close scrutiny by parent groups and regulators.

“Google is playing with fire,” wrote Leonie Haimson, executive director of Class Size Matters and co-chair of Parent Coalition for Student Privacy, in an email Wednesday. “There are strict privacy rules requiring parental consent or opt out when kids under 13 use online programs, which Google is already violating when it comes to Google Apps for Education. To advance further into this area and exploit young children risks hefty fines from the FTC.”

Google Apps for Education is a suite of free productivity tools for classroom collaboration.

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Source:  John Ribeiro

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