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YouTube Kids

  • Android, iPad, iPhone
  • Free
  • age 5+

About YouTube Kids

YouTube Kids is an app specifically designed for kids, makes it easier for children and parents to find content they are interested in. 

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The child-friendly video sharing app is free to download for Android and iOS. YouTube Kids is currently used in 37 countries.

What type of videos are on YouTube Kids?

YouTube Kids limits the world of content on the service to curated, family-friendly videos, channels like PBS Kids, and educational clips from Khan Academy, and includes such titles as Thomas the Tank Engine, Reading Rainbow, and National Geographic Kids. To reel in its target audience, the app’s interface features large images, colorful icons and carefully curated launch videos on the main homepage. There are four sections—Shows, Music, Learning and Explore—to explore within the app.

Is YouTube Kids safe?

YouTube Kids is mostly safe with a wealth of excellent, family friendly content from fun tips and tricks about school, to educational channels, music, creative pursuits, and any number of interesting ways to waste time. But, there is also a small chance kids could see nudity, violence, or just weird stuff, as well as ads for stuff like junk food which you wouldn’t want your child exposed. If you can’t sit and watch the content with your child, then one option is to use the Safety mode. This will at least filter out a fair amount of inappropriate content, but it’s not a fool-proof option. YouTube offers fair warning that kids may see something that you don’t want them to see and you can block and report inappropriate videos.

Are there ads on YouTube Kids?

YouTube Kids does carry advertising. YouTube says it is carefully screened to bar ads that aren’t child-friendly. If parents sign up for a YouTube Red subscription, there are no ads, and kids can watch offline.

Getting Started

Parental setup is required to ensure the best experience possible for your child. The app doesn’t require a sign-in or Google account. Once the app is downloaded, YouTube will ask parents/adults to insert a code to ensure you are an adult, it will then check what settings you would like to use.

How do I set parental controls on YouTube Kids?

Two settings can be controlled by parents, how long a child may use the app, and whether a child can freely search for videos.

Once you’re past the app’s security, you can implement two different controls. The first is the timer (Set a timer) which limits how long a child can watch videos. You can set it as high as 120 minutes. When the timer expires, the app will immediately block the video player and all suggested videos.

The second control that can be applied lets you prevent kids from searching for videos and limits them to viewing only those that are suggested on the app’s home screen. Additionally, you can also turn off the annoying sound effects the app makes as well as the background music.

How do I set content filters on YouTube Kids?

When you first open the YouTube Kids app, you’ll be asked what age level of videos your child enjoys (Nursery-school age, School age and All kids)

YouTube Kids doesn’t offer content filters. To limit what your kids can view, you can use the parental controls to allow only verified content or videos from a kid-friendly content partner. Otherwise, the app aims to show “younger” or “older” videos based on the user’s age, what you’ve watched, and terms you’ve searched for. If there’s something you definitely don’t want your kids to see, you’ll have to block those videos when they come up.

How do you set up profiles in YouTube Kids?

When parents sign in through their Google account, they can create different profiles for their kids. The profiles will allow personalized content recommended to kids based on viewing habits to travel across multiple devices. Kids’ profiles will include fun icons to offer more personalization, and passcodes to keep away nosy siblings. However, the passcodes don’t prevent parents from keeping track of what their kids watch. Along with customizable profiles, the app for Android and iOS will include a fresh, more kid-friendly look that will adapt depending on the child’s age.

What age is YouTube Kids for?

While YouTube have indicates in the app store it is suitable for 4 and older, Educational App Store recommends mainly for children aged 6 and older.

Why does YouTube Kids have disturbing videos?

You may have heard about or seen some videos that look like they’re for kids but are clearly not. These videos may use familiar characters from kids’ TV shows, such as Caillou or Peppa Pig, or they may use cartoon graphics such as cars and trucks. The videos have seemingly kid-friendly titles and begin normally, but then become strange and even extremely disturbing. Whoever creates these videos — which have been termed YouTube Poop — has figured out how to use tags (the code that helps Google categorize content) to fool the algorithm. Disturbing videos are more common on the main YouTube channel, and YouTube is aware of the problem and trying to remedy it with more human monitors. But there’s a possibility disturbing videos could pop up in the kid’s app, especially if you allow your kids to search.

What is YouTube doing to make the app safer for kids?

YouTube Kids has made a series of improvements, making it a safer experience for young children. Parents can now choose collections of programmes created by YouTube Kids and trusted third party partners. YouTube Kids has also made improvements to the ‘search-off’ feature in order to offer a more contained experience. They are rolling out three new options in YouTube Kids:

  • Collections by trusted partners and YouTube Kids

  • Parent approved content

  • Improved search-off control for an even more contained experience

  • You can read more about the new features here

What can I do if my kid sees disturbing content?

As with any media product that contains user-generated content, it’s wise to supervise closely and watch together when you can. If you or your child come across any inappropriate content you can flag it in the same was you would on the original YouTube app.

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App Details

Teacher Ratings

Devices

Android, iPad, iPhone

Price

Free

Category

Skills

Creative Development
Academic Relevance

Safeguarding

In-App Purchases - Yes

In-App Advertising - No

Publisher

Google LLC

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Publisher's Description

A world of learning and fun, made just for kids

We created YouTube Kids to make it safer and simpler for children to explore the world through online video – from their favourite shows and music to learning how to build a model volcano (or make slime), and everything in between. There's also a whole suite of parental controls, so you can tailor the experience to your family's needs.

A safer online experience for kids

We use a mix of filters, user feedback and human reviewers to keep the videos in YouTube Kids family friendly. But no system is perfect and inappropriate videos can slip through, so we're constantly working to improve our safeguards and offer more features to help parents create the right experience for their families.

Get the scoop on all the control features available to you:

CHILD PROFILES:
Create up to eight child profiles, each with their own viewing preferences, video recommendations and settings.

CHANNEL COLLECTIONS:
Select collections of channels on a variety of subjects by trusted partners and YouTube Kids.

PARENT APPROVED CONTENT:
Make sure that you're in control of what your children watch and hand-pick the videos, channels and collections of channels that they can see.

BLOCKING:
Found a video or channel that you don't want your child to watch? Block it to automatically remove it from all of your children's profiles.

VIDEO REPORTING:
Alert us immediately by reporting videos that shouldn't be in the app. The video will be sent to us for fast review.

SEARCH CONTROL:
Turn search on so that your children can access more videos. Turn search off for a more contained experience by limiting the experience to channels that have been verified by YouTube Kids.

TIMER:
Set up a timer to put limits on how long your children can use the app.

WATCH HISTORY:
Keep tabs on what your children are watching in the app.

WATCH ON TV:
Gather your family and enjoy YouTube Kids on select TVs.

For more information, visit kids.youtube.com.

Other important information:
Parental setup is required to ensure the best experience possible for your child.

YouTube Kids contains paid ads in order to offer the app for free. Your child may also see videos from YouTube creators with commercial content in them that are not paid ads.

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