Friday, 20 November 2015
YouTube Kids launches
YouTube has launched an app that allows children to access the site through child-friendly filters
Finally – we can let the tots loose on the tablet without worrying about what they're watching!
Well, kind of.
YouTube has launched an app that allows children to access only a filtered selection of videos and channels on the site that are appropriate for children, and removes features like comments and the ability to upload videos.
It even has a built-in timer to limit how long children can use it (so no more trying to keep track of tots' screen time) and blocks inappropriate search terms.
It's already going strong in the US (more than 10 million American parents have downloaded the app) and it's free to download!
But don't celebrate too soon: it gets its money through advertising between videos. And perfect it ain't. The developers have still warned that it's possible inappropriate videos could still bypass the app's filtering algorithms.
And while adverts won't include any click-throughs to purchases or websites, and will be reviewed, data will still be collected on individual children's viewing habits by the app.
So it's not quite the miracle product, but we have to applaud the motivation behind it - less worrying about what videos the children are watching, and no worrying they're accidentally going to rack up a massive app store bill.