Google launched its YouTube Kids app to iOS and Android users today. The app is designed specifically for the young audience, eliminating all the content that is not suitable for the young audience. Also Read - YouTube, Gmail, Maps and more Google apps to stop working on millions of phones from today: Check listAlso Read - Google warns Chrome users of a huge security threat: Check if you are affected, how to stay safe
The app is currently only available in the US, but the company’s blog promises a global roll out soon. The app is filled with educational shows, music and cartoons. Parents were constantly asking us, can you make YouTube a better place for our kids, Shimrit Ben-Yair, YouTube product manager, was quoted as saying in a USA Today report. Also Read - Google turns 23rd birthday today, creates an animated cake doodle
YouTube Kids app offers categories like Music, Shows, Learning and Explore right on top. There is also a search button on the top right. A parental lock button is on the bottom left, which is secured by a four-digit password. Parental control settings gives you the power to set timers for using the app, and even control notifications and sounds.
The Self Timer feature allows users to manage the amount of time your kid can use the app. If you set the timer till 20 minutes, your kid will be able to access it only till then, after which an image will pop-up asking telling them that viewing time is over. It also allows users to block the search feature, allowing kids to only view Google’s curated content.
Additionally, parents can also search through the app s list of approved content, including videos created by National Geographic Kids, Thomas & Friends, LeVar Burton s Reading Rainbow, and the puppetmasters at the Jim Henson Company
The app is available for free download in the US, and Google also confirmed that it will soon be available on Kurio and Nabi kids tablets as well.
In December, Google was reported to be working on making kid-friendly versions of several of its popular products to attract 12 and younger kids, an age group which as of now can t legally access those services at all in the United States. YouTube Kids is now spearheading this initiative, and we can’t help but hope for a kid-friendly search app on its way.