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New Google App Will Protect Your Kids from Inappropriate YouTube Videos

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Are you concerned with what your kids are watching online?

The YouTube Kids app, the first Google product built from the ground up, makes it safer and easier for children to find videos on topics they want to explore. It is available for free on Google Play and the App Store in the U.S.

The new app is basically a “clean” version of YouTube with access only to family-friendly videos from sources like National Geographic Kids, Reading Rainbow, Thomas the Tank Engine, and more.

YouTube realizes every family is different so they’ve built options into the app that help you control the experience for your kids:

  • Timer: Let the app be the bad guy with a built-in timer that lets you limit kids’ screen time. The app alerts your child when the session is over, so you don’t have to.
  • Sound settings: Sometimes you need a little peace and quiet! You have an option to turn off background music and sound effects, so your kids can keep watching while you catch a breather.
  • Search settings: If you’d rather limit your children to just the pre-selected videos available on the home screen, you can turn off search.
  • Product feedback: Our goal is to improve YouTube Kids all the time, so we’ve included a space for you to give us your feedback.

It’s also “the first Google product built from the ground up with littles ones in mind,” the official announcement shares. “For years, families have come to YouTube, watching countless hours of videos on all kinds of topics. Now, parents can rest a little easier knowing that videos in the YouTube Kids app are narrowed down to content appropriate for kids.”

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