YouTube Kids’ family-friendly video content was designed to give parents peace of mind.
Raising children in the Age of Information has been challenging for most parents. Kids today are exposed to different types social media platforms. Social networking sites such as Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube have become popular among adults and kids alike. They allow people to connect, share, and engage over the Internet.
However, these social media platforms also raised concerns about child safety. Eighty-eight percent (88%) of teens on social media have witnessed “cruel” behavior while online. Not only teens but children are also exposed to different types of cruel online behavior. Since kids are exposed to these types of dangers, YouTube developed an app with children in mind – YouTube Kids.
If you want to learn more what this new app has to offer, here is a simple parent’s guide to YouTube Kids.
What is YouTube Kids?
Developed for curious little minds, YouTube Kids offers family-focused content for both parents and children to enjoy. They can watch their favorite video channels such as Talking Tom and Friends, National Geographic Kids, and Jim Henson Family TV. Aside from these video channels, kids can also explore other channels to discover a world of fun and learning. YouTube Kids can be downloaded from the App Store or on Google Play.
How is it different from YouTube?
Family-focused content is what makes YouTube Kids different from regular YouTube. The app was built with children in mind, which offers videos appropriate for kids of all ages. Also, the developers designed it with a bigger and brighter interface, which makes it easier for children to use. Security options such as a timer and setting viewing limits were added for parental control purposes.
Is YouTube Kids really safe for children?
YouTube Kids promises a safer and more kid-friendly experience for its users. Google developed algorithms to help filter the videos being uploaded to the app. However, there is no perfect algorithm and some inappropriate content may be viewed by a child. Parental control features were included on the app to help parents filter these types of content. Search Control can limit your child’s video searches to pre-selected videos on the home screen. Timer sets the time limit for your kid’s screen time. It alerts your child when his or her time is up. The app also allows you to set your own custom passcode, which is an extra layer of protection against unauthorized usage.
Google encourages its users to Send Feedback to help it improve YouTube Kids. Also, reporting or flagging inappropriate videos helps filter content on the app. You can also customize your child’s content by either blocking or unblocking channels on the app. This helps keep your children safe while online.
Watch YouTube Kids with your children and share your experiences
Exploring the app with your kids is the best way to bond as a family. Explore different topics such as Do-It-Yourself (DIY) projects or videos about trains. Take turns asking a question and sharing thoughts about the videos you’ve watched together. Encourage them to speak their minds and ask questions. Sharing experiences will help them develop their social and face-to-face communication skills.
YouTube Kids was reimagined for families. It is a safe haven for kids to learn and be entertained. We just need to be by their side as they learn to navigate the digital world. Read more online parental guides by visiting our blog.
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