Children are getting used too giving orders to smart speakers, as parents are investing in devices like Amazon Echo, Google Home and Apple Homepad. It is increasingly common to hear children say ‘Alexa, read me a story’. The BBC have joined this new trend by launching its first voice-app for children under the CBeebies brand.
Cbeebies is a children TV show that is owned by the BBC. It is aimed at preschoolers and has over 13 hours of TV shows. The Cbeebies website itself has plenty of games and activities for children, including puzzles, songs, coloring and many more.
There has been debates whether children should be communicating with smart speakers. A report from The Wired pointed out that when children starts ordering their smart speakers they are learning to communicate in a demanding and rude manner. The worry is widespread that Amazon and Google Voice Assistant encourages children to say the word ‘please’ when making a request.
The Echo Dot which is Alexa for kids will also thank children when they have asked for something nicely. Google Assistant is also now reminding children to ‘ say the magic word’ before granting their commands.
BBC emphasis that it wants its voice app to be a safe place for children. Its executive Mukul Devichand stated that “The technology is still new and we’re experimenting with what works well and what our audiences really want on these new platforms,”
If your children are watching Cbeebies TV shows then you will be aware that the content generated are age appropriate and safe for children. It is most likely that their voice app will just be as safe and strictly monitored by the Cbeebies team.
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