On Tuesday, the 10th anniversary of Google going public it ended with a valuation of $397bn and it signalled that it's not yet ready to rest on its laurels with several media outlets reporting that it planned to allow children as young as 13 to open online accounts. Meanwhile, The San Jose Mercury News, the daily newspaper of the city of San José - - the biggest urban area in the Silicon Valley region -- has an AP story that an increasing number of parents are opting for a baby blackout on Facebook by consciously keeping their children's photos, names and entire identities off the Internet.
Children have for long been seen as a key target market for consumer products and services.
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The Wall Street Journal says that accounts on
Google services such as Gmail and YouTube are not officially offered to
children, though there is little to stop them from logging on anonymously or
posing as adults to sign up for accounts.
Earlier this year, Google was developing a child version of its online video
site YouTube suited to tablet computers that would let parents control content,
another person familiar with the company’s plans said.
The Mercury News story
says: [A big reason parents are wary, even if they use social media sites
themselves, is that the companies "have not been very transparent about the way
they collect data about users," says Caroline Knorr, parenting editor at the
nonprofit Common Sense Media, which studies children's use of technology.
"Facebook's terms of service and privacy (policies) -- no one reads it, it's too
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