updated 05:05 pm EDT, Mon August 18, 2014
Child-focused version of YouTube allegedly in development
Google is adapting its services to cater for a younger audience, as the company attempts to make a play for a new generation of user, a report claims. The search company is allegedly working on various child-friendly services which children under the age of 13 will be able to use, provided it receives permission from the child's parent or guardian beforehand.
According to The Information, the search company will be creating a dashboard for parents to monitor and enable various services for their children to use. The report claims it is already creating a version of YouTube just for younger users, and that the company will start to require Google Account users who signed up on devices to supply their age, bringing them in line with those signing up via a computer.
In order to do this, Google must abide by the rules laid out by the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA,) a federal law which many sites abide by via the outright banning of users under the age of 13. Some do abide by the rules, with Microsoft and Yahoo both having policies in place regarding the creation of parental accounts to govern accounts owned by children, though there is little in the way of preventing a child from lying about their age, and in turn avoiding the parental controls.