YouTube Kids has officially launched. With Google releasing on their blog, “Today, we’re introducing the YouTube Kids app, the first Google product built from the ground up with little ones in mind.” Lots of parents are excited about this since they now have easy access to kid friendly content without concern of explicit images or words suddenly appearing.
Your kids are probably already fans of YouTube. The video site that streams everything from your latest skiing vacation to Hollywood movies and everything in between. But for parents it’s become a go-to source for kids entertainment and a little peace and quiet. One of our Dad’s Tales even sang its praises while underscoring the problems parents often experienced. The potential of explicit material or language suddenly popping up on the screen.
With the soon-to-be released YouTube Kids app, that will be sovled. Launching on Monday, February 23rd, the app “built from the ground up with little ones in mind” will offer videos on topics kids want to explore.
According to information YouTube sent to Dads Who Diaper, the app is full of age-appropriate videos, channels, and playlists with a focus on content for reading. Channels and playlists will be divided into four categories: Shows, Music, Learning, and Explore which allows kids and families to seek content interesting to them.
Favorites included in the app:
- DreamWorks TV
- Jim Henson TV
- Mother Goose Club
- Talking Tom and Friends
- National Geographic Kids
- Thomas the Tank Engine
- Reading Rainbow
YouTube says it sought third party testers and advocacy groups to test the app in advance of it’s release.
“The Jim Henson Company has been a long-time partner with YouTube, and it is a natural next step to continue our collaboration with the launch of the YouTube Kids app,” commented Richard Goldsmith, EVP, Global Distribution and International Consumer Products at The Jim Henson Company. “The app is extremely kid friendly and features a variety of content, including several of our series such as Sid the Science Kid, Pajanimals, and Fraggle Rock, and we are delighted that kids will now be able to engage with them in this safe and fun environment.”
The app will be free and available on Google Play for download.
Will you be using the new app? What are you most excited about it? Leave your comment below.