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Google considers accounts for 10-year-olds

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Kids already spend plenty of time on computers and smart phones. Now Google reportedly wants to get youngsters set up with their own Gmail and YouTube accounts. Some parents told us they aren't thrilled with the idea.

Currently, Internet companies such as Google and Facebook do not offer their services to children under 13, but many youngsters and their parents find a workaround. Percifany, 10, of New Jersey, says she already has a Gmail account.

"Actually, my mom set it up for me," she says.

The accounts for kids would reportedly include a special dashboard from which parents can oversee their kids' online activities.

Google's YouTube is also reportedly developing a version of the site for kids under 10.

Tech expert Seth Porges agrees the special accounts will make it easier for parents to monitor what their kids are doing online.

"What Google is attempting to do can almost be viewed as sort of bringing this into the open," he says. "Legitimizing these younger users, and potentially giving their parents more control over their accounts and what data about them is collected."

But some privacy organizations aren't buying in to the idea.

The Center for Digital Democracy told Fox 5 News: "Our concern is that Google seems to be wading into children's accounts in order to bring them into their marketing and profiling businesses."

Google told us it does not comment on rumors.

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