CNET: Lawmakers pressure Google to share how YouTube collects, uses kids’ data

CNET: Lawmakers pressure Google to share how YouTube collects, uses kids’ data. “Rep. David Cicilline, a Democrat from Rhode Island, and Jeff Fortenberry, a Republican from Nebraska, said in their letter that YouTube’s data collection practices ‘may not be in compliance with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998,’ or COPPA, a federal law regulating user data collection from sites with users under 13 years old.”

CNET: YouTube now lets parents decide exactly what kids can watch

CNET: YouTube now lets parents decide exactly what kids can watch. “YouTube Kids rolled out a new feature on Thursday that lets parents handpick the videos and channels their children have access to. The new parental controls are available worldwide on Android and will launch soon on iOS.”

Washington Post: Retailers are marketing directly to kids shopping on their smartphones

Washington Post: Retailers are marketing directly to kids shopping on their smartphones. “Children and preteens are more connected to the Internet than ever, which means retailers are looking for new ways to market — and sell — directly to young shoppers on their phones, tablets and laptops. Gone are the days of blanket television ads, marketing experts say. Instead, companies are flocking to Snapchat, YouTube Kids and other mobile apps to reach children with personalized messages.”

MakeUseOf: The 10 Best Sites for Reading Free Children’s Books and Stories Online

MakeUseOf: The 10 Best Sites for Reading Free Children’s Books and Stories Online. “Hollywood and Disney may be coloring TV and the movies. But thanks to interactive websites with free children’s book and stories, the charm of princely tales and brave knights continues to endure. For kids, children stories are the window to the outside world. Stories continue to make kids dream of great adventures, heroic princes, and beautiful princesses. And, a bit about ogres and monsters that heroes must battle to keep the world safe. Try these ten websites with online stories for kids with your children by your side.”