Analysing Google’s evolving policies for kids app developers

Last week Google announced an important revamp of its policies for Play Store apps that are used by children.  With these changes, Google is addressing many of the concerns voiced in recent years by parents, regulators and advocates about the safety of apps that are marketed to kids. Summary The new Google policy requires apps … Continue reading Analysing Google’s evolving policies for kids app developers

Helping kids developers comply with Google’s Play Store policy update

Last week Google announced an update to their policies for kids’ apps in the Google Play store, with significant impact on kids’ publishers: Apps whose primary audience is children must participate in the Designed for Families (DFF) program, and will only be allowed to use certified ad SDKs or mediate to certified ad networks. Only … Continue reading Helping kids developers comply with Google’s Play Store policy update

How we implemented kid-safe analytics with Amplitude

PopJam is a social platform that is built from the ground up to be safe, appropriate and fully anonymous for kids. It’s a safe, moderated community for kids to engage with their favourite content and brands, designed specifically for the safety and data privacy requirements (COPPA, GDPR-K) of the under-13 audience. Because it is aimed … Continue reading How we implemented kid-safe analytics with Amplitude

KidSwitch: identifying kids in apps and sites

Every day over 170,000 kids go online for the first time, mostly using an internet that was only ever designed for adults. So it’s very easy for kids to find the wrong content; or to look at the right content, but on a platform which wrongly assumes they’re adults. Historically the approach to this issue … Continue reading KidSwitch: identifying kids in apps and sites

Designing efficient data transactions under GDPR

Data is a currency. Before May 2018, users — who provide or create this data in the first place — were secondary to this economy. The Data Protection Act gave the public recourse, but very little transparency, and there was little understanding of the value of the data they were giving away daily. GDPR has put power in the … Continue reading Designing efficient data transactions under GDPR

How we overcome location bias when brainstorming with remote teams

Working at SuperAwesome often means working with super talented people based thousands of miles away from you (we have offices in London, NYC, Chicago and LA, as well as joint ventures in Singapore, Australia and LatAm). We try to remove location bias in all that we do, but it’s not always easy, especially in the … Continue reading How we overcome location bias when brainstorming with remote teams

5 product development challenges of building a new category

I posted earlier about my functional CTO story, detailing how my role of CTO evolved over time which can be found here. It’s one challenge to be CTO in a ‘normal’ startup and quite a separate challenge to also be at the forefront of a new category. A little over 5 years ago, we started … Continue reading 5 product development challenges of building a new category

Securing Postgres clusters in privacy-led architecture

Kids Web Services (KWS) enables developers to create, build, and manage COPPA/GDPR-K compliant apps and sites aimed at under-13s. As part of operating the KWS SaaS platform within SuperAwesome, we frequently create new databases for our customers, as well as managing several large Postgres databases on RDS. Data security is a fundamental success criterion in … Continue reading Securing Postgres clusters in privacy-led architecture

Helping developers think about privacy at SuperAwesome

Kids are spending more time on the internet every day - but the websites and apps they use were primarily designed for use by adults. At SuperAwesome, we’re focused on making the internet safer for kids. We hire the most talented developers we can find - but more often than not they have little to … Continue reading Helping developers think about privacy at SuperAwesome

Using stickers to enable privacy for kids on PopJam

PopJam is our COPPA and GDPR-K compliant, safe-social content platform built specifically for kids. It’s used by hundreds of brands, content-owners and YouTubers to interact directly with under-13s as an alternative to platforms like Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat (which aren’t designed for kids). Under digital privacy laws like COPPA and GDPR-K, the face of a … Continue reading Using stickers to enable privacy for kids on PopJam