YouTube plans on releasing an application specifically developed for children. The free YouTube Kid app will be available starting end of February.
In December of last year, YouTube officially stated that there is a plan to create child-safe versions of the Web giant’s most loved products. The aim of this new application is to create a smartphone experience that is child-appropriate. Android users will be able to download this feature starting Feb. 23. There is still no information regarding iOS availability.
The YouTube Kid is developed for smartphone and tablet usage and will include original material from DreamWorks TV, Jim Henson TV, Mother Goose Club, Talking Tom and Friends etc. The young users will also have access to National Geographic Kids programs, Reading Rainbow and Thomas the Tank Engine.
Reading Rainbow’s LeVar Burton commented on this recent new feature, saying that he’s excited to see that “YouTube Kids is making this commitment to give families a safe environment to spark curiosity while still entertaining.”
Michelle Sullivan, National Geographic Kids’ Vice President of Digital stated that their number one interest is for children (of all ages) to get to enjoy together with their parents the available playlists, in hope of stimulating their curiosity for learning and exploring.
Channels and playlists will be divided into four categories: Explore Show, Music and Learning. Users will also be able to search various topics and the app will show them various videos on that specific subject.
It is expected Malik Ducard, YouTube executive, to give additional information regarding this new app during a keynote at the Kidscreen Summit that will take place on Monday, Feb. 23.
The application will also include parental control, giving parents various options such as setting a timer in order to control the amount of time the little user spends on the service.
Google is another company that decided to act in accordance to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), according to which websites need to ask for parental consent before allowing child users under 13 access to certain information.
Twitter also decided to explore the child-focused app industry and released Vine Kids, a subcategory of Vine (now owned by Twitter). Vine Kids offers a wide range of animated videos created specifically for younger audience.
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