According to multiple sources, cited at the end of this article, Google for kids could be coming to a computer near you. Google wants to offer it’s services such as Gmail, YouTube, Drive and Google search in a more kid friendly way.
Google has been working to overhaul its Web services so it can legally allow children to use them, as it becomes more willing to tolerate hairy legal requirements in exchange for growth.
The contemplated features include a dashboard for parents to oversee their kids’ activities, a child-safe version of YouTube and requiring people who sign up for a Google account on devices powered by Google’s Android software to share their age. Google requires people to share their age when they sign up for Google services on personal computers.
There’s certainly going to be some concern over Google for kids from parents and watchdogs as well. Keeping children safe on the internet (and just about everywhere) is a top concern for many. Furthermore, there are some who believe children already spend way too much time on the internet and using mobile devices.
The Wall Street Journal
“Unless Google does this right it will threaten the privacy of millions of children and deny parents the ability to make meaningful decisions about who can collect information on their kids,” said Jeff Chester, executive director of the Center for Digital Democracy, an online privacy group.
Google for kids could be a great program if done right, we’ll see how Google handles this. What do you think of Google for kids? Let us know in the comments below or on Google+, Facebook and Twitter.