YouTube Kids may be a staple to everyone with kids and and a tablet.
The new YouTube Kids app will roll out in the coming weeks, along with support for Chromecast, Apple TV, game consoles, etc. It’ll also feature guest-curated playlists and original series from DreamWorksTV and more.
New playlists from the likes of National Geographic Kids, Kid President, Geena Davis are already available for streaming, whereas as those from Vsauce and Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls are on their way.
After being reported to the FTC twice by parent and child advocacy groups for not being family friendly enough, Google is preparing an update for YouTube Kids that it expects will address the content issues. “So if you ever find a video you’re concerned about, please flag it. This helps make YouTube Kids better for everyone”.
“When we announced the app, we said YouTube Kids was our first step in reimagining YouTube for families”, the Google-owned video platform said in a blog post. The app will also prompt parents to make a choice about how broadly their kids want their children to explore.
Another new feature allows parents to customise their passcode: “We’ve heard a few parents prefer a personal passcode, rather than a spelled-out code, so we’ve added this option to access parental controls”, Google explained. The next month, the groups wrote again to the Federal Trade Commission with examples of videos that were available on YouTube Kids – such as “pornographic cartoons, videos laced with profanity, and videos featuring graphic violence”.
YouTube is bringing its YouTube Kids service – stocked with video content filtered for youngsters and their families – to big-screen TVs. It has been downloaded more than 8 million times since it rolled out in February.