Google Releases YouTube for Kids
Google today announced YouTube Kids, what it calls a family-friendly video app for children. The app has narrowed down the focus of content available to what's appropriate for younger viewers. Google said the app is brighter and has bigger user interface elements to make it easier for kids to use. Some parental controls are built in, as well, permitting parents to limit viewing time and set sound and search parameters. Google has worked with a wide variety of content producers to highlight programming from DreamWorks TV, Jim Henson TV, Mother Goose Club, Talking Tom and Friends, National Geographic Kids, Reading Rainbow, and many more. YouTube Kids is available in the Google Play Store and the iTunes App Store beginning today.
Google to Refresh YouTube Kids with Better Parental Controls
Google today said it plans to release a new version of YouTube Kids that will address some complaints about the app. The intent behind YouTube Kids was to give younger views a simpler way to watch videos curated for education and entertainment purposes.
YouTube Brings Blocking Tool to Kids App
Google today updated its YouTube Kids application and gave parents a little bit more control over the content that's available to their youngsters. The latest version of the app lets parents block videos or channels when they are signed into the app.
Google's Family Link App to Help Manage Kid Phones
Google today announced Family Link, an app and service parents can use to set up and monitor Android smartphones for their children. Parents can use the app to create Google accounts for kids younger than age 13, which is linked to the parent account.
YouTube Kids Can Be Paired with YouTube Red Accounts
Google's YouTube Kids app now offers an ad-free experience to young viewers thanks to new compatibility with YouTube Red. Google says parents who have a YouTube Red account can sign in via the settings menu, thereby allowing their kids to have an ad-free experience when watching videos.
Google Releases Dedicated YouTube VR App for Daydream
Google today made available YouTube VR, a separate app for Daydream View owners to find and consume virtual reality video content. Google says the content available within the app was all shot in 360-degrees to create immersive videoscapes and environments for exploration.