For a video streaming platform with a huge fan base among children, YouTube’s official app didn’t really make it easy for parents to filter out and keep just content relevant for their children, on one side. That meant parents often have to supervise their child’s YouTube sessions to protect them against accidental exposure to content that was perhaps more violent or graphic. Though YouTube did add a feature called Restricted mode which hides videos flagged as inappropriate by other users or considered adult by YouTube.The YouTube Kids for children, free to download on Android and iOS, is finally available to users in India. And this is great news for parents.
Easy to set up
The app requires a bit of parental assistance during set up. Parent can select an age group at the beginning and the app will show more of those videos which are appropriate for that age group. The last option in the set up is the search mode. If you keep the search option on, your child can find more videos on YouTube Kids by typing in a keyword. If kept off, the child can only see videos recommended by YouTube and those available on the home screen. You can lock the settings configured by you with a four digit password.
Easy to use
Google has redesigned the interface to make browsing and finding new videos easier for younger kids. All videos show in a slider on the home screen and one can browse through them by swiping on the screen. These videos are classified into five sections identifiable with a unique icon at the top of the home page. The five sections are called Recommended (shows videos recommended by YouTube), Shows (animated cartoon series), Music (nursery rhymes), Learning (educational content), and Explore (shows randomly picked videos). The search bar at the top right of the page and the Google cast button in case your child wants to watch a video on a TV. A single tap on the screen during video playback reduces the video size and opens a slider below it. Here one can see all other videos related to the one being watched at that moment.
Is it any good?
YouTube Kids delivers on most of its promises. Typing in anything other than content relevant for children gives no results and asks user to search for something else. Searches such as Death race trailer, football fights, or Johnny Depp is also deemed as adult for children and gave no results. YouTube Kids app is also free from advertisements. So, if your child is an avid YouTube buff, you should try the new YouTube Kids app.