Google making YouTube and Gmail for kids

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The rumour about Google’s impending YouTube service for kids in March was right on the money… but it’s not just the world’s largest video sharing site getting a kiddy friendly makeover anymore, Google is revamping a whole suite of its products and services for children under the age of 13.

It all forms part of a drive within Google by a group of its employees who wanted to make products that their kids could use to create content as well as consume it. Events like Doodle 4 Google, which was recently held in South Africa, gives children the chance to interact with the search giant long before they have the ability to sign up for a Google profile.

Google is likely to come under much greater scrutiny in terms of the advertising that it allows onto a “kids internet”, as well as what sort of information it collects about the browsing and watching habits of its pint-sized users.

“We expect this to be controversial, but the simple truth is kids already have the technology in schools and at home,” Google’s vice president of engineering Pavni Diwanji said in an interview with USA Today. “So the better approach is to simply see to it that the tech is used in a better way.”

Having a child-friendly version of popular applications like YouTube could be a boon for parents worried about what their kids find when trawling the internet for cartoons and Minecraft videos for hours on end, but it may also scare some parents into keeping their young ones offline for even longer.

[Source – USA Today, Via – Engadget, Image – Shutterstock]

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