It's silly to assume kids are ignorant of pop culture figures from the distant past. YouTube Kids' relying on a stereotype to childproof their service only shows they're out of touch with reality. Which is also, unfortunately, reinforces a techie stereotype — geeks who spend so much time with their computers in their parents' basement, creating applications that only works in their version of reality but not in the real world.
It's a fact that children tend to be smarter than their parents, especially when it comes to technology. That's a stereotype too, but it's true. Interrogation the user with questions that can easily be searched online is not only weak, it's laughable.
Has YouTube forgot about the proven and simplest form of gatekeeping? That thing we call PASSWORD?!
If they're trying to be funny or hip, well they failed. If they're trying to lock down a service, well they failed too.
This is yet another proof that Google isn't always right. It's run by people, and people make mistakes… like this one. It's also a reminder not to immediately jump on anything Google puts out. The company is basically a laboratory, it always has been.
New York (The Verge) — The real way to make YouTube Kids childproof is to ask about Van Halen theverge.com/tldr/2019/8/30….
YouTube Kids has an age gate that is meant to prevent kids from accessing it without parental permission. The problem is that the age gate is too easy to beat — so here are some better questions.
Let’s back up for a second. YouTube has a mobile app for kids, and the idea behind it is that there will be guardrails up on the content there. Essentially, the idea is that your child can watch Sesame Street unimpeded and without encountering Sesame Street parody videos or worse. The company has also launched an age-gated website that mimics the app. The age gate is trivial to crack.
To prove to YouTube that you’re an adult, you have to… do a math problem. It’s basic multiplication, the kind I could do in my head by third grade and I could do on a calculator by kindergarten. Like I said, trivial to crack. — Elizabeth Lopatto/@verge