Today I am going to review YouTube Kids app (Version 1.95.2)
Google play: YouTube Kids
Features (taken from Google Play):
DESIGNED FOR KIDS
To make exploration easy, videos in the app are split into four categories: Shows, Music, Learning and Explore. We also took out the complicated stuff to make an app even little ones can navigate — that means big buttons, easy scrolling, and instant full-screen. And when the whole family wants to enjoy their favorite videos together, everyone can watch on the big screen with Chromecast, game consoles, or smart TVs.
VIDEOS KIDS WILL LOVE
Kids can enjoy favorites like Thomas & Friends, DreamworksTV and Talking Tom, online hits like Mother Goose Club, Super Simple Songs and Wonder Quest, plus anything else they’re into — sports, animals, gaming, crafts and more.
GROWN-UPS ARE IN CONTROL
We know that every family is different, so we’ve included features that let grown-ups tailor the YouTube Kids experience to their family’s needs. Settings are found behind a grown-ups-only lock where you can turn off search for a more restricted experience or set a built-in timer to let kids know when it’s time to stop watching so you don’t have to.
For more information about the app and settings, please read our Parental Guide.
IMPORTANT NOTES ABOUT THE APP
Parental setup is needed 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 with commercial content from YouTube creators that are not paid ads. For more information, please check out our Parental Guide.
Videos in the app are selected by our automated systems. Please note, no system is perfect, and it’s possible that your child may find something you don’t want them to watch. If your child finds a video that you feel is inappropriate, please flag the video and it will be reviewed as soon as possible.
You can restrict your child’s experience by turning search off in the set-up flow or by accessing the settings behind the grown-ups-only lock. This means your child can’t search for content, which reduces the chances that they will encounter a video you don’t want them to watch.
Whether search is on or off, the app will recommend videos selected by our automated systems from the broad set of videos accessible in YouTube Kids.
The best thing about this app is that, as mentioned above, designed for kids. Thus parents do not need to worry about videos that might harm your child. If there is a video you think isn’t appropriate for kids (has nudity, violence, vulgar language etc), you can flag that video. I think that situation would be a rare occurrence since you can set the child’s age on the app, since kids of different ages have preference for different types of videos. This option filters out the videos that aren’t suitable for children. If you aren’t strict, you can just select All Kids. You can also set the search option On or Off – if you opt to encourage or discourage searching of videos in the app.
Regarding the user interface, it is very simple and it is set in a landscape orientation. I rather like it this way since it is so easy to navigate around the app. Also, every time you open the settings, the app will ask you to enter a code to make sure you are the grownup, thus the kids cannot fiddle with or change any the settings.
There are four tabs for the kids to use when watching videos: Shows, Music, Learning, and Explore.
I think this is a good idea. The tabs helps you to search within categories, whether you like shows or you want some music, etc.
In the menu, you can set a timer for the app if you want to limit the duration of your kids’ viewing activity.
This is a great app for kids. It really helps enforce a safe environment for kids who enjoy watching videos and clips.
Try this app!