YouTube Kids for children

YouTube Kids for children
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YouTube is releasing a new app specifically designed for kids on February 23. The app called ‘YouTube Kids’ will offer original episodes of TV shows aimed at youngsters, in addition to videos from child-centric channels on YouTube. The new service will let parents set timers to monitor kids screen time.

The video sharing site is launching an Android app on Monday

YouTube is releasing a new app specifically designed for kids on February 23. The app called ‘YouTube Kids’ will offer original episodes of TV shows aimed at youngsters, in addition to videos from child-centric channels on YouTube. The new service will let parents set timers to monitor kids screen time.

The app will be different from YouTube's regular app. The app in initial stages is only available on Android platform. The app has design with big, bulbous icons and minimal scrolling for making it child friendly. The home screen of the app has big tiles featuring images from popular TV shows, and four simple icons — shows, music, learning, and explore, which will help children to browse top videos

The app is set to be released by YouTube executive Malik Ducard at Kidscreen Summit, an event for the children's entertainment industry, on February 23. "Parents were constantly asking us, can you make YouTube a better place for our kids," YouTube product manager Shimrit Ben-Yair said.

Ben-Yair says family entertainment channels have seen 200 per cent growth in viewing time year-on-year, compared to 50 per cent on the rest of the site. But in order to build an app aimed at under-13s, YouTube will have to stick Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, which has laws that stipulate parents have to be informed if websites and services collect data from kids.

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