Google is working on special versions of its products like Chrome, search and YouTube for children. These products are commonly used in learning places for kids and the new versions will be designed especially for the kids under the age of 13. Google has not revealed any details about their launch or specifications. Google’s VP of Engineering, Pavni Diwanji, expressed that they are aiming to make internet “fun and safe for children” and also added “We want to be thoughtful about what we do, giving parents the right tools to oversee their kids’ use of our products. We want kids to be safe, but ultimately it’s about helping them be more than just pure consumers of tech, but creators, too.”
A number of less positive campaigns have targeted the children in the last few years, which have proved to be quite damaging to the kids and also negatively impacted the credibility of the Internet as a whole. Technology presently occupies a major place in the lives of children and thus child-friendly versions of products like tablets have garnered great success over years.
Although parental control software and certain apps which protect the kids from being exposed to harmful online environment are already there to help the parents, this initiative of Google might prove to be of additional help for creating a safe internet environment for kids. Diwanji also emphasized that such developments should have been done years ago and stated “The big motivator inside the company is everyone is having kids, so there’s a push to change our products to be fun and safe for children.”
With these child-friendly versions, Google is not only trying to safeguard the kids but is also trying to ensure that the user experience is relevant to their age. Google’s initiative is expected to get applauses from parents all across the globe which, of course, depends on efficiency of the technology to guard the ingenious, curious kids.