As promised last week, Google has gone and released a specialized version of their YouTube app. It’s YouTube for Kids, and it’ll be a safe vault of kid-friendly videos for your little ones to watch whenever they please (or whenever you let them, really).
YouTube for kids highlights videos from top children-focused channels such as Dreamworks, Sesame Street and Thomas & Friends. Kids can search for videos with a filtered search function, and they also make it quite easy to discover new videos.
It’s not just about cutesy cartoons, either — music, video games and educational content will all be available so your children can get the most out of the web’s biggest video service. Search can be disabled by parents if you’re truly paranoid, and you can even set an automatic timer to make sure your kids aren’t spending too much time browsing.
Unfortunately it seems like the control stops there. You can’t setup custom playlists, for instance, and the password to access the app is automatically generated and can’t be changed.
We’re sure many improvements will be made over time, though, and considering there hasn’t been an easier way to let your kids access a friendly version of YouTube we suppose there isn’t much room to complain right now. Give it a download in the Google Play Store and see if you can’t find something bad before letting your child give it a spin.