Most kids these days either own their own device (a phone, laptop or tablet) or spend quite a lot of time on their parent’s devices.
Most of the time spent on the device is relatively unmonitored, its simply putting on a show or movie and allowing them to watch it, you will always be first to know when it’s over.
The issue now comes when allowing your child to watch something via “grown-up” youtube which is connected to your account. Youtube, like other platforms nowadays, has more or less a digital profile of the logged in user and can provide you suggestions of videos you may be interested in, what if they click on one of your suggestions?To answer these concerns Youtube has now released an independent Youtube for Kids app. The app is standalone, meaning you download on its own. It has nothing to do with your “grown-up” youtube. You download the app and it launches asking you questions to modify the platform according to your child’s age group and interests. It even allows you to switch off the search option!
According to Techweez the app also has the following features:
- Voice search so that if your kid cannot type or spell, they can still find videos
- Timer which alerts the kid when the viewing session is over.
- Changing the sound settings to give you a peace of mind.
- Customizing your passcode if you don’t want the default one which is spelled out (you will notice immediately in the wizard.
- 4 categories available: Music, Shows, Learning and Explore. Also apparently you can also find content from popular African creators.