Friday 23 August 2019

YouTube's Kids app launches in Ireland


Emma Clark

YouTube Kids is now available to download on Android and iOS, taking the worry out of letting young children watch videos on YouTube.

YouTube can be a wonderful resource, letting you watch practically anything you could imagine. Of course, the downside of that is that you can watch practically anything you could imagine. If you’re a parent, that’s a genuine concern, but YouTube Kids, which is now available in Ireland, should put your mind at ease.

The app offers filtered content for three-to-eight-year-olds. So if you can’t be there to moderate what they watch, at least you know that they shouldn’t be able to access inappropriate content.

We say “shouldn’t” because YouTube warns that the content is algorithm-based rather than curated and so there may be lapses that users should then flag.

YouTube Kids contains content from kid-friendly YouTubers like SevenSuperGirls and Stampy Longhead, cartoons such as Morph, Chuggington and Octonauts, how-to guides from Mister Maker, and even documentaries from National Geographic. Content is divided into four broad sections - shows, music, learning, and explore – so there should be something to suit all tastes.

There are also controls in place so kids can’t search for inappropriate material, upload or share videos, or spend too long on the app. You can set a timer that ticks down and when the counter hits zero, that’s it; there’s no more bargaining about watching one more video because the one more video they watched was too short.

YouTube Kids is now available on Android and iOS.

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