'Google is potentially creating a search engine for toddlers, despite recent privacy scandals.
The tech giant has filed a European patent, entitled Gamifying Voice Search Experience for Children, which gives it exclusive rights to develop the concept.
Aimed at nursery-age youngsters, the prospective product would use a child-friendly bubble-interface to engage with infants.
This would be separate to Google Assistant, which already allows people to conduct voice-activated searches on their devices.
However, education experts have raised concerns over the risk of potential privacy violations, such as those associated with Amazon's Echo Device, plus the dangers of making children addicted to technology.
The patent filing has been unearthed just weeks after it was determined Google Assistant does give workers access to some audio recordings.
They fear that it could introduce another function on smartphones, tablet and laptops which effectively allow Silicon Valley to eavesdrop on their conversations.
But the company insists it can 'transform content searching into a game-like experience that teaches young users how to search for interesting content.'
Documents detailing the patent suggest the platform would specifically target 'children who cannot yet read words', so those younger than three years-old.
They could command the search function by bursting on-screen bubbles, which would prompt them to speak about age-related topics, such as animals or games.'
Read more: Is Google creating a voice-activated search engine for TODDLERS? Tech giant files patent amid fresh privacy concerns
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