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New, kid-friendly versions of Google search and YouTube could be in the works for the tech giant.

 

A Google search for “train” brings up a link to the closest Amtrak station, but chances are that’s not what an eight-year-old is searching for. Kids are probably more interested in Thomas the Tank Engine than the most up-to-date commuting schedule.

 

That may be why Google is working on new, kid-friendly versions of some of its services.

They could be new versions of search, Chrome and YouTube, according to a report by USA Today, but the company would not say definitively what products it is working on or when they would launch.

Google will make them safe for children 12 years old and younger and give parents tools to oversee their kids’ actions, Google’s Pavni Diwanj told USA Today.

She said the company expects some controversy over the change, but that kids are already using Google’s non-kid-friendly technology.

A Google spokesperson declined to comment further, but confirmed that the USA Today report was accurate.


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