My daughter loves YouTube. She can spend a ridiculous amount of time watching different videos about Barbie, Play-Doh, and more. She loves YouTube so much that her and I have actually started making our own videos.
The other day Google announced a new YouTube app specifically aimed at kids called YouTube Kids. It was released on Android and iOS and I have had the opportunity to play with the app. Upon first launch parents are prompted with the options to set restrictions for their kids like time limits the ability to turn off search. You can change these options later by tapping on the lock icon in the bottom right of the screen. You will be prompted to enter a code that is displayed on the screen. Parental controls are always nice touch in the YouTube Kids app. The overall interface is super slick and made with kids in mind. YouTube Kids has four main categories presented on the screen; Shows, Music, Learning and Explore. I was amazed at how much content is on the app. Sesame Street, My Little Pony and more.
My biggest wish for this app is for a search function that understands those kid voices. That is something the main YouTube app does not do well in regards to kids. This is something that I need to put to the test, which is exactly what I did. Check out the video below to see the results!