With children getting access to the internet, smart devices like tablets and all the nastiness that stuff can bring at earlier ages, it’s become increasingly important for parents to have tools to protect their innocence. That’s why Netflix for Kids is a big deal, and why Nabi’s collection of children’s Android tablets have a market.
And now Google wants to do their part. USA Today reports that the company will be looking to launch a kids’ version of the YouTube app on February 23rd. The app will look to limit viewing choices to content suitable for children, such as Sesame Street, Disney and other kid-friendly entertainment.
The app’s design will be fit for kids with big images of their favorite shows and characters to help them find what they’re looking for. They can discover new stuff with a specific button, or even search for content if they know exactly what they want (don’t worry, though, as Google will block explicit search terms and much of YouTube’s explicit content is sure to be blocked).
Of course, parents can expect parental controls to set the exact amount of time they want their child to be able to browse YouTube. Something about not staying up late on school nights, and whatnot. We’ll be keeping our eyes on the Google Play Store for the app’s arrival next week and we’ll be sure to link you once it pops up.