Google will launch a version of YouTube designed for kids on Monday, Feb. 23, the company confirmed recently to USA Today. The new application, titled YouTube Kids, will automatically include filters that protect kids from some of the more adult-focused content on YouTube.
YouTube for Kids will not include commenting features, the news outlet explained, which will help keep the content that your children are viewing more age-appropriate. It will also offer a “simple-to-use” interface that’s easy to interact with, and specific controls for parents who want to make sure their children aren’t spending too much time in front of the ‘tube. USA Today said that includes one feature that allows parents to control the amount of time that YouTube Kids is active before it shuts down automatically.
An image provided to the news outlet suggests there will be various channels of content, too, including Reading Rainbow, Sesame Street, DreamWorks TV, Thomas the Tank Engine and more. Various buttons at the top of the UI provide quick access to music related content, educational content and a search option that will also work with voice commands.
“Parents were constantly asking us, can you make YouTube a better place for our kids,” YouTube Kids group product manager Shimrit Ben-Yair said, explaining that family entertainment channel growth is up 200 percent year-over-year. The app will launch for Android devices first, for free, on Monday.