YouTube isn’t just for mommy and daddy anymore. The video platform has been working very hard on its Kids App since it launched in early 2015 to make it easier for children to access more educational channels and content.
The four main categories – Shows, Music, Learning and Explore – lead kids through different tunnels of learning and creativity with videos of cats, Minecraft, Thomas the Tank Engine and more. Now that the app has been up for nearly three years, YouTube is moving forward with a new feature that allows each child to have their own account on the app to customize their individual experience even more.
Learning and entertainment in the YouTube app
The kids app version looks very different from the classic app we all know and love. The interface is much simpler (no comments or online trolls here!) and it’s little finger friendly for ease-of-access.
“The images are big as are the tap targets for small fingers, and since most younger children can’t type, they can search with voice,” says Shimrit Ben-Yair, the project’s group product manager. Parents can also take advantage of the viewing timer that asks for a password to continue once the preset amount of time runs out. This sounds awesome, but kids are super smart these days and they’ll most likely just switch over to the original YouTube app, so be careful.
The new accounts feature
Not only can each child have their own personal account on the app, but their landing pages will differ based on their age. For example, a younger child’s profile will have less text and more pictures and colors. Good call, YouTube. What are they going to do? Read it?
You get a lot when you sign up for a kid’s account on the app. According to the official blog, here are all the features:
- Kid profiles to customize your kids’ experience: Now you can create a profile for each of your kids. Even better, kid profiles work across all different devices!
- App design tailored to your kid’s age: When you enter a date of birth on the kid profile, YouTube Kids changes the way the app looks. Younger kids will get less text, while older kids will get more content on the home screens.
- A new setup process: The new app parent setup process will give you detailed information to help you make the right choices for your family before your kids use the app.
- Passcode for kids: Kids can set a secret passcode to get into their profile (and keep their brother or sister out). Don’t worry, you can always override their passcode.
Technology is here to stay so we have to get used to it. The good thing is with companies like YouTube at the helm, at least we can bring up the next generation in a safer online environment.