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Google accounts for children soon?

DPA Los Angeles | Updated on August 20, 2014

Tech giant Google is planning to offer internet accounts designed for children under the age of 13, according to media reports Tuesday.

The new system would allow kids to access Google services through accounts parents set up and fully control, The Wall Street Journal reported.

One of the accounts could be a kid friendly YouTube version, the paper said, citing a person familiar with the company’s plans.

Google has not commented on the project.

Strict children’s online protection laws in the US have so far have kept internet companies like Facebook and Google from offering their services to children under the age of 13.

The law requires parental consent before a child’s data can be collected, and restricts how that data can be used and stored. However, many children set up accounts by simply lying about their age.

Published on August 20, 2014

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