Google will soon provide child-friendly versions of its services
As much as parents want to protect their children from the innumerable threats that lurk on the web, it’s virtually impossible for them to completely block access to the internet. Fortunately, Google is currently working on a potential solution to this problem, according to a report from USA Today, by releasing child-friendly versions of its most popular services.
Pavni Diwanji, Google’s vice president of engineering, is the one leading the project. She discussed how her own children were big motivators for the project, according to Gizmodo. There was no mention of a timeline, nor any mention of which specific Google features would be getting the child-friendly treatment.
Techno Buffalo notes Diwanji admitted that the company’s decision to target children specifically could vey well be considered controversial. She defends Google, noting that most children already use Google services such as YouTube and Google Search on a regular basis, all that the child-focusing would do is give parents more oversight and control.
“We expect this to be controversial, but the simple truth is kids already have the technology in schools and at home,” said Diwanji, as quoted by RT, highlighting that Google Kids won’t link to inappropriate content. “We want kids to be safe, but ultimately it’s about helping them be more than just pure consumers of tech, but creators, too.”