According to a latest report, Google has launched a kid-friendly YouTube app on Monday, February 23, 2015 — Known as YouTube Kids. The upcoming YouTube app will specifically focus on kid-appropriate contents and will run on Android devices such as Smartphones and tablets. The news was also rolled out on the last December that YouTube was working on Kid-friendly versions of its most popular products in a bid to be “Fun and Safe for Children”.
The free app from Google’s online video service is available to download from Feb 23, 2015 and it features with kid-friendly designs, with big icons and minimal scrolling. According to Reuters, and it will have a Home-screen with only eight options to choose from.
In the initial days of development, the new app will only run on Android powered Smartphones and tablets, as it will be available on other platforms very soon. The kid’s app will provide several kid-friendly YouTube channels, including Jim Henson TV, Dream works TV, Reading Rainbow, National Geographic kids, Mother goose club and much more.
The children will be able to watch their favourite TV shows as well as original content. The app, which will be separate from mainstream YouTube mobile application, will also feature parental controls such as a screen timer that will be used to limit a child’s screen time.
“Parents were constantly asking us, can you make YouTube a better place for our kids.”
Said Shimirit Ben-Yair; The group product manager for YouTube kids. However, the Internet companies such as Facebook and Google do not offer their services to children under 13.
The Wall Street Journal earlier reported the launch by saying that the company is planning to announce the new app on Monday at a children’s entertainment industry conference.
The YouTube kids app will feature an easy to use interface with four different categories of videos for the children to browse — Shows, Music, Learning and Explore. The Learning and Explore categories will include educational related shows as well as fun videos such as games and else.