Google has plans to start making kid-friendly versions of their popular products. Executives at Google say it will be a full-time effort, beginning next year. They say the new project is a follow-up to their current youth project, the Made With Code Initiative, which will light up the White House Christmas Thursday tree by using coding programs created by kids from around the country. Leading the new push is Pavni Diwanji, Google's vice president of engineering. She says everyone inside the company is having kids, "so there's a push to change our products to be fun and safe for children."
However, the Federal Trade Commission has some concerns. Maneesha Mithal with the FTC's privacy and identity protection division says they want kids protected and will strictly promote business compliance. The watchdog group Electronic Privacy Information Center adds that they're concerned about kids being sold things they don't need. Diwanji says she understands those concerns, but thinks their new project can bring families together. She adds what needs to be worked out is how parents can use Google to oversee their children's activity.