YouTube kids gets a facelift
YouTube Kids, launched in 2015, is getting an upgrade. The app is adding a number of new features, that change based on a child’s age. Each child who uses the app can have his/her own profile, which allows a custom design feature based on his/her date of birth. It also comes with additional security controls for parents and kids.
The app has a simple interface design and will allow kids to set their own passwords to avoid siblings from controlling their profiles. However, parents can override the password. Parents can sign-in with their Google account in order to create customizable profiles for their children. A new setup process has been introduced for the parents that includes detailed description to help them with the parent control options.
Younger children will see less text when using the app and older kids can see more contents. The app has music and a curated collection of contents appropriate for kids. It will have contents from Jim Henson TV, Mother Goose Club, Talking Tom and Friends, National Geographic Kids and DreamWorks TV to name a few.
“We’re looking at ways to build an even better experience for families. Coming soon, we’ll give parents the option to have more content available in the app experience for their child. Our team is working to identify the most relevant content categories for tweens to make the app even more awesome,” writes Balaji Srinivasan, the YouTube Kids engineering director, in a blog post. YouTube Kids is now live in 37 countries and has more than 70 billion views.