Billed as “the first Google product built from the ground up with little ones in mind,” it’s been designed as a safe place for kids to experience YouTube content deemed “kid-appropriate” such as family focused clips.
Because it’s focused on children, the software includes a set of options that help parents control the experience for their kids.
YouTube Kids lets your children browse channels and playlists in four categories — Shows, Music, Learning and Explore — as well as search for videos deemed safe for families.
Curated content includes favorites from DreamWorks TV, Jim Henson TV, Mother Goose Club, Talking Tom and Friends, National Geographic Kids, Reading Rainbow, Thomas the Tank Engine and more.
“Plus, more new videos are coming soon from beloved YouTubers like the Vlogbrothers and Stampylonghead,” said the search firm.
Check out the promotional video below.
Built-in parental controls include:
- 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.
- 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 you catch a breather.
- Search settings: If you’d rather limit your children to just the pre-selected videos available on the home screen, you can turn off search.
- Product feedback: Our goal is to improve YouTube Kids all the time, so we’ve included a space for you to give us your feedback.
The 45-megabyte app requires an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad with iOS 7.0 or later. The softer is available in the United States, with no word of a possible expansion to other territories.
Along with the iOS app, YouTube Kids for Android is available in Googe’s Play store and they’ll be soon launching versions for the Kurio and nabi kids’ tablets.