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Google's working on kid-friendly versions of Chrome, YouTube, and more

Google plans to offer versions of its popular products like Chrome and YouTube that will be made for kids that are 12 years of age or younger. There's no word on when these new products will be released.

In an interview with USA Today, Pavni Diwanji, the vice-president of engineering for this effort, states:

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. We expect this to be controversial, but the simple truth is kids already have the technology in schools and at home. So the better approach is to simply see to it that the tech is used in a better way.

There will be some kind of parental supervision involved with these kid-friendly products but exactly how this will be implemented has yet to be determined. Diwanji said:

We want to enable supervision but not be regimental. But that's challenging because no two parents are alike. I have friends who are helicopter parents and others are even more liberal than me, but everyone has to be accommodated by whatever we create.

Source: USA Today (opens in new tab)

28 Comments
  • Good idea Posted via the Android Central App
  • I have no problem with this. Choice is good.
  • How about YouTube material design first, Google? Please? Posted via the Moto X Pure Edition
  • REALLY!!!!!! Sony Xperia Z3
  • Great news! Posted via the Android Central App
  • This is pretty unnecessary. Kids today are smart enough to find ways around these kind of things. I used to lost on Anime forums and often get banned. I always found my way back into posting every time. I was only 11-12 years old doing these things. Posted via the Android Central App
  • It's for 12 and under - that like, includes lots of children under 10, 8 etc Posted via Android Central App
  • Yeah and I'd rather see kids step in the real world, we're all humans why hide stuff. We don't do that around my people. Create normal and strong people with fun and experience. Of course you must talk and explain stuff, kids understands stuff if you do it well. That's how I'm raised and I'm happy with it. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I have no idea what your point is, or how you came to your conclusion. What do you think an 8 year old needs to see that a web filter is going to block out? Posted via Android Central App
  • If kids see anything "not supposed to be seen yet" I'd rather explain it to them, instead of making weird things up just because it's not "appropriate" for children. Kids talk about any kind of stuff at that age today anyways, their parents just don't know, it's hilarious when you find that out, like they were 18y lol. So I think it's better to explain things to them before they find out by their self. I guess world is moving on. Posted via the Android Central App
  • You are older than 12? I wouldn't have suspected from your posts.
  • I don't think it's a matter of kids knowing how to use it, it's a matter of protecting kids and making it age appropriate. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I'm glad there will be a kid friendly version of YouTube. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Yes, finally... Remember the fallen...
  • Yes, finally. I place k9 on the desktop. I want something for the kids iPad and Android tablets... Remember the fallen...
  • I'd love to be able to apply filters my mobile YouTube searches so I only get kid friendly results. Posted via Android Central App with my LG G3
  • Nah, I'll use it my self lol :D Posted via the Android Central App
  • I'll definitely try it with my kids when it's out. Posted from my Motorola Moto G
  • I don't think I like this. Content filtering is fine, but kids should learn to use the normal apps rather than kid specific versions. Caveats; not a patent and may be bitter because I want them to work on a dark theme. Wubba lubba dub dub!
  • Very obviously not a parent...
  • This combined with a user profile creation in Android 5!
    That way every time my 5 year old wants to play on my phone I could just switch to a "Kiddie friendly" user where only games and the kid-friendly versions of Chrome and YouTube are accesible.
  • How about kids version of Games Center (or whatever they call it) so that kids can play multiplayer games as they do with Nintendo products....relatively private and without an an adult social network account.
  • This is fantastic!
  • Fantastic idea!! Kudos Google Sony Xperia Z3
  • Try fixing the official YouTube app first so we stop getting errors. Then work on that. Posted via the Android Central App
  • It works fine. Google must just be punking you.
  • HEY EVERYONE SCOTTJ SPEAKS FOR EVERYONE Posted via the Android Central App
  • My 5-year old loves watching videos on YouTube. This could be useful.