Google is in the works of creating and rolling out child-friendly versions of products like YouTube, search, and Chrome – which are frequently used in learning environments and places for kids. That being said, Google still is not including a timeline for the events – or specifics around what types of services Google will be launching for kids. Google accounts for 1.3 trillion searches a year – and more frequently than not – the service is being used by children, and those who are looking for information in a learning environment.
Google’s VP of Engineering noted that the goal is to make the Internet “fun and safe for children,” and went on to say that “We want to be thoughtful about what we do, giving parents the right tools to oversee their kids’ use of our products.” Over the last several years, children have become the target of less positive campaigns that have proven to be both damaging to the individual and damaging to the credibility of the Internet as a whole.
While Google did not give any specifics regarding the product lineup – they did confirm the existence, and really, it’s not something that should surprise anyone who’s been watching Google, and how they’re interacting with their users. Products aimed at children – like tablets – have been successful for several years as technology gains a greater place in the lives of children at a young age. Google’s Chromebook has even been outperforming the iPad in sales figures in recent months as iPad’s have become unreasonable as more products have become available.
Google also recently removed CAPTCHA tests from the Internet – and has replaced it with a more effective method of determining the legitimacy of a person in a test. The system is now just a ‘tick’ box, or check box which uses an Advanced Risk Analysis system which follows and identifies user behavior throughout their experience online – rather than being forced to identify a single question or problem. This came after it was realized that 99.8% of CAPTCHAs could be identified, and solved by bots without any issue – making them useless in terms of their actual function.