Announcing our kid-safe alternative to YouTube’s video player for kids and family publishers

Social plugins are one of the biggest unintentional harvesters of children’s personal data. Every time a child loads a web page or app which has a social widget, it’s gathering vast amounts of personal information about their activity. YouTube’s video player is one of the biggest examples of this.

Lacking any real kidtech alternative, YouTube is the default embedded video player used by family and kids publishers and brands – but the data it collects on its under-13 users is now being viewed as a violation of COPPA. A coalition of over 20 child advocacy, consumer and privacy groups recently filed a complaint with the FTC accusing YouTube of enabling the collection of personal data on millions of children across the US.

Today we’ve announced a solution to this problem: a fully kid-safe (COPPA and GDPR-K compliant) embeddable social video player.

Already delivering millions of video views, our embeddable video player is part of the PopJam Connect platform, which also provides tools for kid-safe social engagement for content owners and brands.

The player integrates PopJam’s award-winning kid-safe social features, enabling children to safely engage with content. It can be customised by the publisher, with a self-serve dashboard to create, schedule and report on video and social content, and to organise video playlists. It also features optional kid-safe monetisation options.

Our CTO Joshua Wohle, said “There are over 170,000 children going online for the first time every day and the kidtech ecosystem is growing equally quickly to make the broader internet compatible with this new audience. Publishers have been starved for kid-safe social and video options that are designed for the under-13 audience.”

To find out more about how we can deliver kid-safe video content on your platform, please contact us.

Announcing our new COO for North America!

Kate O'LoughlinAs our US business continues to rapidly scale (as well as our NYC head office, we have a presence in LA, SF and Chicago), we’ve been looking for the right leader to take it to the next level. We’re very pleased to announce that Kate O’Loughlin has joined us as our COO for North America. Kate was most recently Senior Vice President (Media) and General Manager at Tapad (acquired by Telenor for $360M). Prior to that she was Product Director at MediaMath.
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How Awesome Content Targeting creates a contextual map of kids content (VIDEO)

Last month, we revealed Awesome Content Targeting (ACT), the latest generation of our content analysis engine. It caused a bit of a stir. ACT uses a range of machine learning techniques to build a deep, contextual understanding of the universe of kids content beyond anything that’s been available before.

The technology is complex but the concept is simple: to explain the real power of ACT, here’s a presentation which Chris Williams (our Product Manager for AwesomeAds) gave at our European Upfront presentation a couple of weeks ago.

So, grab a coffee and take a few minutes to look behind the scenes of SuperAwesome’s unique technology:

Was 2016 really “the worst year ever”? Kids give their opinions

To say that 2016 was a memorable year for the majority of the adult world may be an understatement. Many breathed a sigh of relief as this new year began – but how much did the apocalyptic media coverage of 2016 really affect centennials? We spoke to over 800 8-18 year olds from the US and the UK, to find out what stood out to them from the last year – and whether it was really that bad after all.

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