I have a torrid love/hate relationship with YouTube. Mainly because it’s great for adults-only video sharing, yet not so great when it comes to helping parents keep their kids from seeing things they shouldn’t.
And with millions of families the world over watching bazillions of videos on the platform daily, it’s about time YouTube introduced its first-ever kids app.
Called YouTube Kids, its the first Google product built with littles in mind, making it safer and easier for them to find videos on the topics they want to explore.
Here’s everything you need to know:
Larger images, bold icons, a brighter interface and built-in voice search – it’s all part of the all-new, kid-friendly design, making it simple for kids (even those who can’t spell or type yet) and their tiny fingers to navigate the app on their own.
Videos are narrowed to focus on content that is appropriate for the whole family, and fall into four categories: Shows, Music, Learning and Explore. There’s truly something for everyone – think DIY crafts, math tutorials, Minecraft and Jim Henson TV; as well as new series from National Geographic Kids and Reading Rainbow. We hear there are more train videos than even you can count too. That being said, the content is still coming from YouTube, so some videos feature kid-targeted ads.
A wealth of options helps parents decide how their kids can use the app, including the ability to set viewing limits with a timer, sound settings to turn off background music and sound effects; search settings that can limit access to just pre-selected videos available on the home screen; and a space for product feedback to help developers improve the app over time.