Parents are becoming increasingly aware of inappropriate content slipping through the Youtube kids app. Hence, the new parental control feature will help solve that problem.
Youtube Kids app is free to download and consists of content that is appropriate for children. It can be downloaded from the play store or the Apple store.
When you open Youtube kids app you will find that the app is divided into 5 sections :
The Youtube app is for anyone above the age of 13 years old. Children between the age of 13 and 17 need parental permission before using the app.
But Youtube for kids app can be used by children as young as two years old.
It has plenty of videos appropriate for toddlers. For example, nursery rhymes, phonic videos and many more.
This feature enables you to choose every single video that your child is allowed to watch. Using this mode your child will not be allowed to search for any content on their own.
How to switch on this feature :
1) Go to settings.
2) Go to the child’s profile.
3) Choose “approved content only.” Start selecting the videos and channels for your child.
The app is designed to exclude content that would not be appropriate for kids to watch. Youtube is also working hard to make sure that content on the app stays relevant for children. In case parents find any of the content not suitable for children they can flag those contents.
To do this :
When signing up Youtube Kids it will prompt you to select the age of your child. This is to give your child the best experience while using the app.
Youtube Kids gives you the option to switch on or off the search function. By switching on the search button your child can access millions more Youtube Kids videos. They have the ability to search for new content on their own.
Switching off the search function will limit them to videos on the home screen and those that are recommended by Youtube. Children cannot search for content on their own. This reduces the chance of children coming across content that you do not want them to watch.
To do this :
The time button will set a limit to how long you can have the app running. If you want your child to be using the app only for half an hour, you can easily set the timer on. This can prevent screen addiction and limit the amount your child spends online.
Talk to your partner or any other family members that is involved in taking of your child about the importance of limiting screen time. This is to ensure everyone at home is on the same page with regards to this issue.
To do this :
The app is not connected to the general Youtube app. This means that you can download this app on your child’s Ipad and never having to worry that they might have drifted to the general Youtube app.
The app is not only used for entertainment purpose. There are many educational videos available. The “Learning” section has videos from PBS Kids, TED-Ed, and Khan Academy. Talk about when kids might view these videos
❌While there are many reasons why this is better than the general Youtube app, it has some drawbacks such as advertisement.
❌There are also instances where inappropriate content slipping through its way. I would recommend switching off the search button if you are handing the device over to a toddler.
I also think it is important to sit down and watch the videos with your toddler in case unexpected videos pops up. Don’t forget to limit their screen time when watching things on Youtube.
Have you tried the app? Let me know your thoughts? What you like and dislike from it.
Many viral videos on Youtube get over million views that may not be suitable for children.
The reason may be because inappropriate language or humor is not catered for children.
However, there some really fun viral kids videos on Youtube. Here are some of the top ones :
This is a collection of funny videos around the “Try Not To Laugh” challenge.
This is a classic video that has been around since 2008. The video has over 87 million views.
The simple video showing a Swedish father that makes weird sounds to make his baby laugh is loved by millions.
The Queen of England even watched this video.
This is 2 adorable brothers, Harry and Charlie from the United Kingdom who became famous on YouTube from this video.
The boy’s father was just goofing around when Harry said “Charlie bit my finger” in the funniest British tone.
This video definitely puts a smile on anyone’s face.
This cute video by a 3-year-old, Amy Castle was recorded in 1994. It is adorable. It is called “The Cuppycake Song”. It has over 24 million views on Youtube
Children dancing are always cute and adorable. So check out this one and be prepared to laugh
The majority of toddlers would struggle to hold a ping pong bat, but Jamie mastered it quickly and is not shy to show off his skills on the internet.
I am sure you remember Gangam style. The song can be annoying to some people, but when you watch children dancing to it then it’s pure entertainment.
Yes, the Youtube Kids app is relatively safe for children. There could be a small chance of inappropriate content slipping through but majority of the content is safe. There is also other content like toy reviews, junk food ads, etc which you may want to avoid your children from watching.
But overall using the Youtube Kids app is much safer than the Youtube app for grown up..
The Youtube Kids app is made for children. The content is in the app is age-appropriate. On the other hand, the Youtube app is made for adults and has much content not suitable for young children.
For example, the Youtube app will have music, languages, and videos which may contain nudity and inappropriate comment for children to read.
Hence, the Youtube Kids is safer for children to use.
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