Google is one of those companies that have opened its doors to those thirteen and above. At a legal standpoint, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act was implemented to ensure children have limited access to the web. Its potential risks to kids being exposed to the Internet was hindered with parental permission being required to any child below thirteen who is registering to a site. Some sites have chosen to not allow any child to sign up for site membership. However, no matter how much law is enforced or how websites try to cut kids off, many children tend to just fake their age.
The Information however, has reported that things may change at Google. The company is rumoured to be preparing a new set of tools that will enable children thirteen and below to access their services. Before anyone gets their angry face on, the company is ensuring that parental permission is crucial if any access is given. It seems that the change will also include Android. The kids will basically have some access to a Gmail account and a kid-friendly YouTube. Google will offer a dashboard for parents to monitor all web activity the kids are involved in.
Nevertheless, nothing in this report has been confirmed. Only when we see some changes done by Google or an official statement is released, everything said must be taken with a grain of salt.