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Posted on January 14, 2019 by Christine Crosby in Google, kids' apps, momsrising

Take Action: Tell Google to Adopt the Kids’ App Store Standards Now!

Take Action: Tell Google to adopt the Kids’ App Store Standards now!

Apps for kids shouldn’t serve deceptive ads, collect personal data, or trick children into making in-app purchases – but Google recommends a slew of “family-friendly” apps that do just that!

Tell Google to adopt the Kids' App Store Standards now!

Google needs to hear from parents like us. Please add your name.

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Google’s Play Store offers a family section full of apps recommended for kids, with age ratings as low as “5 and under.” Parents are led to believe that the apps in this section are vetted by Google and safe for children, but now we know that’s not the case: Google routinely recommends apps that illegally collect children’s data, interrupt gameplay with deceptive advertising, pressure kids into making in-app purchases, and even model harmful behavior like cleaning your eyes with sharp objects.

Why does Google recommend these apps for kids? Profit! App developers target children with deceptive, unfair apps because it’s a quick way to make a buck, and Google lets it happen because they get a cut of the cash. With millions of downloads per app, Google is making a fortune off of deceiving families and children.

Read more about what’s going on here: https://www.commercialfreechildhood.org/blog/were-asking-ftc-investigate-apps-manipulate-kids

To: Google:

Kids’ apps should be for kids, not advertisers!

Parents should be able to trust that anything recommended “for children” is actually safe for children. By adopting CCFC’s Kids’ App Store Standards – simple rules that require a human review of each app and ban in-app purchases, unfair advertising, and illegal data collection – Google can make parents’ lives easier, and kids’ experiences safer.

Thank you.

Learn about MomsRising – What does MomsRising do?

We take on the most critical issues facing women, mothers, and families by educating the public and mobilizing massive grassroots actions to:

  • Bring the voices and real world experiences of women and mothers straight to our local, state, and nation’s leaders;
  • Amplify women’s voices and policy issues in the national dialogue & in the media across all platforms (from print, to radio, to blogs, social media, and more);
  • Accelerate grassroots impact on Capitol Hill and at state capitols across the country;
  • Hold corporations accountable for fair treatment of women and mothers & for ensuring the safety of their products.

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Christine Crosby

About the author

Christine is the co-founder and editorial director for GRAND Magazine. She is the grandmother of five and great-grandmom (aka Grandmere) to one. She makes her home in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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