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

The TikTok COPPA fine has dramatically upped the stakes in kids digital privacy

The FTC dramatically upped the ante on COPPA enforcement this week with a record-setting fine of $5.7m against the app formerly known as Musical.ly (now TikTok). The settlement says TikTok breached COPPA by knowingly collecting personal information from children without first obtaining parental consent, as required by the law. It represents a direct challenge to … Continue reading The TikTok COPPA fine has dramatically upped the stakes in kids digital privacy

5 things we learned while refining Verifiable Parental Consent for kids apps

Apps and games that need to collect personally identifiable information (PII) from kids require the parents to give their consent. Given the sensitive nature of this information, we take extra measures to make sure that the parent of the child is really the one giving the consent. Under COPPA and GDPR-K, one of the ways … Continue reading 5 things we learned while refining Verifiable Parental Consent for kids apps

The #kidtech movement: a zero-data architecture for children’s apps and sites

At SuperAwesome, we spend a lot of time thinking about the requirements for an internet that is now used by vast numbers of children (versus it’s original design, which was solely for adults). GDPR-K is rapidly being followed by new children’s laws in many countries that are based on the same principles -- data minimisation … Continue reading The #kidtech movement: a zero-data architecture for children’s apps and sites

How to implement COPPA-compliant push notifications in your kids app

Push notifications are a useful tool for re-engaging users and getting kids back into your app. Under both COPPA and GDPR-K, sending push notifications to kids is deemed collecting personal information, similar to an email address, and therefore requires an appropriate level of parental consent to enable. Under COPPA (applicable to your US audience), certain … Continue reading How to implement COPPA-compliant push notifications in your kids app

Web Summit 2018: Dylan Collins, Darren Shou and Chris Williams discuss the influence of kids online

At Web Summit 2018 in Lisbon, pocket.watch's Chris Williams, SuperAwesome's Dylan Collins, Symantec's Darren Shou, and Contently's Joe Lazauskas met to discuss the influence of kids online, and the task of marketing safely to this audience. Watch the clip below for discussion of the regulation of AI in the children's space, the challenges of designing … Continue reading Web Summit 2018: Dylan Collins, Darren Shou and Chris Williams discuss the influence of kids online

How will this generation of privacy-enabled kids affect Facebook’s revenues?

This generation of kids are growing up in a digital environment defined by privacy laws preventing usage of their personal data. This is an entirely new chapter for the internet. For the majority of adults, the practice of exchanging personal data in exchange for free content or services is normal. However, laws such as COPPA … Continue reading How will this generation of privacy-enabled kids affect Facebook’s revenues?

Mattel and SuperAwesome in conversation: Digital privacy and the challenges of technology for kids

With so much of our education and entertainment tied to technology and the internet in 2018, how can we ensure that children and their privacy are protected? At Collision Conference in New Orleans, SuperAwesome CEO Dylan Collins sat down with Mattel CTO Sven Gerjets to tackle the difficult questions, including how the toy industry can … Continue reading Mattel and SuperAwesome in conversation: Digital privacy and the challenges of technology for kids

The future of tech and toys: SuperAwesome CEO Dylan Collins and Mattel CTO Sven Gerjets at Collision Conference

Mattel's CTO Sven Gerjets joined our CEO Dylan Collins onstage at Collision Conference in New Orleans for a comprehensive discussion on the future of tech and toys in the kids market. Speaking with Leah Hunter of Fast Company, they cover the necessity for creating responsible digital experiences for kids, what a zero-data internet looks like … Continue reading The future of tech and toys: SuperAwesome CEO Dylan Collins and Mattel CTO Sven Gerjets at Collision Conference