After launching Youtube Kids in the United States, its parent company, Youtube, has now rolled out this kid-friendly service in the Philippines!
Makes sense because honestly, tots nowadays trade nap time for “Peppa Pig” on Youtube. And they may come across some content that is not suited for their age, which makes Youtube Kids a friendly platform for them.
Here are some of the key features:
Bright and playful design
The app’s kid-friendly design makes it even easier to find Little Baby Bum or the latest video of In The Night Garden. With larger images and bold icons, YouTube Kids is fast and simple for little thumbs to navigate. And we’ve built in voice search so that even if your child can’t spell or type, they can still find videos of things they’re curious about.
We’ve built the YouTube Kids app to be a more family-friendly version of YouTube, a place for kids to explore their imagination and curiosity. You can browse channels and playlists in four categories: Shows, Music, Learning and Explore. Search for videos of particular interest to your family, like why penguins waddle on National Geographic Kids, or watch favorites from Thomas and Friends, Wallace and Gromit, and Reading Rainbow. And of course, your kids can watch new series from YouTube channels they already like.
We’ve built options into the app that help you control the experience for your kids and put parents in the driver’s seat.
● Learn how the app works: When parents open YouTube Kids, they learn upfront how our systems choose and recommend content and how to flag videos. We always try to make the videos available in the app family-friendly, but no system is perfect. So if you ever find a video you’re concerned about, please flag it. This helps make YouTube Kids better for everyone.
● Search settings: We’ll also prompt you to make a choice about how broadly you want your child to explore – turn search on to access millions of family-friendly videos, or turn search off to restrict your child’s experience to a more limited set. Either way, parents decide the right experience for their family from the get-go.
● Timer: Let the app be the bad guy with a built-in timer that lets you limit kids’ screen time. The app alerts your child when the session is over, so you don’t have to. (You’re welcome. 😉
● Sound settings: Sometimes you need a little peace and quiet! You have an option to turn off background music and sound effects, so your kids can keep watching while parents catch a breath.
● Custom passcode: Parents have the ability to set their own passcode, and to access settings and other parental information in the app.
● YouTube Kids on the big screen: You can now also watch YouTube Kids as a family on your big screen using Chromecast, Apple TV, game consoles or a smart TV.
The app will be available in October 5. According to Sanoop Luke, Youtube content partnerships manager:
“YouTube Kids has been designed as a safer version of YouTube for kids and families as we wanted to design a platform where it would be focused on kids both in terms of entertaining and enriching content.”
Thoughts on this? Will you be downloading this for your kids?