Google Blog: Helping children in the Arab world be safe online explorers

Google Blog: Helping children in the Arab world be safe online explorers. “Be Internet Awesome—our digital safety and citizenship program for children—is now available to more than 400 million Arabic speakers as Abtal Al Internet. The program is designed in a way that simplifies the world of internet safety and digital citizenship in a language children feel comfortable with.”

The Hill: FTC complaint accuses Facebook of collecting data on children with Messenger Kids

The Hill: FTC complaint accuses Facebook of collecting data on children with Messenger Kids. “In a complaint filed with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC) and other organizations argued that the service’s disclosures about its privacy practices are overly vague, allowing Facebook to share children’s data with third parties.”

Washington Post: Study links restricting screen time for kids to higher mental performance

Washington Post: Study links restricting screen time for kids to higher mental performance. “Parents who possess the resolve to separate their children from their smartphones may be helping their kids’ brainpower, a new study suggests. Children who use smartphones and other devices in their free time for less than two hours a day performed better on cognitive tests assessing their thinking, language and memory, according to a study published Wednesday in the Lancet Child & Adolescent Health.”

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.”