YouTube is a great place to learn something (countless video tutorials are available at your fingertips), but it’s also a heaven for finding improper content unfit for all age categories. Well, a new report coming out of USA Today claims that Google is looking to separate child-friendly content into a separate app which will launch as YouTube Kids.
Initially, the application will be launched as an Android exclusive and will be made available for download from the Google Play Store starting February 23, so we only have a few days to wait.
The move is explained by YouTube Kid’s Project Manager, Shimirt Ben-Yair who pointed out that Google saw 200% year-over-year growth in family entertainment views on YouTube. So it came to the conclusion that a kiddie-friendly dedicated application would boost viewership.
Google employed the help of in-house engineers with kids to produce the new version of the applications, so we’re expecting it to be quite appealing.
If you (and your little one) are curious about what you should be expecting, we are able to show you a leaked photograph showing the app’s interface.
As you can see for yourself, the app has several buttons, the first one being for viewing kid popular television shows such as Sesame Street, Reading Rainbow, Thomas the Tank Engine and so on.
There’s also a radio icon which will let the little ones check out videos of the songs they like. The light bulb icon is the key to the educational content library, which will probably offer tutorial videos and documentaries.
Last but not least, there’s the binocular icon which, when pressed, will let children check out top videos related to the subjects they find most interesting.
There’s also a search option, but if the child tries to look for something that’s not considered age-appropriate, the app will return the “Try something else” message.
On top of that, parents get to control the amount of time children spend on the app by setting up a timer by inputting a password only the adults have knowledge of.
If you think YouTube Kids might be fun to try out with your child, keep an eye out for the app starting February 23.