5 things you need to know about the new Youtube Kids app

By Lynn Wee   — November 14, 2016
  • Youtube Kids launched in Singapore
    1 / 6 Youtube Kids launched in Singapore

    Child-friendly app Youtube Kids was launched in Singapore on Nov 12, providing children aged two to eight years old with a more family-friendly version of popular video-sharing platform Youtube.

    Here’s what you need to know about the new app. 

    Related: 3 cool YouTube channels for parents

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  • Designed for the little ones in mind
    2 / 6 Designed for the little ones in mind

    The app is designed with larger images and bold icons, which makes it easier for the little ones to navigate. 

    There is also a voice search function that allows children who cannot spell or type to search for videos.

    Children can browse channels and playlists in four categories: Shows, Music, Learning and Explore. There is also a Recommended section.

    Related: 7 educational apps for babies 

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  • Parents can have a peace of mind
    3 / 6 Parents can have a peace of mind

    Parents can take charge on how broadly they want their child to explore different videos by turning on/off the search settings. 

    When it’s on, the little ones can access millions of family-friendly video, and when it’s off, it restricts their experience to a more limited set. 

    There is also a passcode setting where parents can restrict certain videos and channels.

    Related: What tablets are really doing to baby’s development 

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  • It allows you to limit the kids’ screen time
    4 / 6 It allows you to limit the kids’ screen time

    Sometimes things get busy and noisy at home, and when parents need a little peace and quiet, they have the option to turn off the background music and sound effects.

    This allows the kids to continue watching while parents catch a breath. There is also a built-in timer to limit the children’s screen time. 

    Related: Screen time for kids: How Singapore parents set limits

    In addition, the app does not have the usual “Like” option, comment section or number of views.

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  • A safe platform for kids to explore
    5 / 6 A safe platform for kids to explore

    “Youtube Kids gives parents more control to provide a safer and more customised experience for their families to explore their endless curiosities, learn about new topics and be entertained,” said Mr Don Anderson, head of Kids and Learning Partnership at Youtube Asia Pacific, at the app’s launch at Google Asia Pacific’s new office at Mapletree Business City.

    “It is a safe platform for parents and kids to come together to create new content, to share content, share experiences,” said Minister for Communications and Information Yaacob Ibrahim (pictured, second from right), who attended the launch.

    Related: Tips to keep kids safe on tablets and smartphones

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  • This child-friendly app is now available in Singapore
    6 / 6 This child-friendly app is now available in Singapore

    Local celebrity and Youtube creator (Kandie Network), Kate Pang who was there at the launch said, “As a mother to two young kids, I am excited for them to grow up with Youtube Kids and we know we can trust it to open up a world of family friendly learning and laughter.”

    The app was first launched in the United States in February 2015, and has since expanded to 24 other countries, including Singapore. It has more than 10 billion views in a year.

    It is available for free on Google Play and the App Store for smartphone or tablet.

    Related: 6 ways to limit screentime for babies, toddlers and preschoolers

    A version of this article first appeared in The Straits Times 

    (Photos: The Straits Times, YouTube and 123RF.com) 

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