YouTube Kids gives parents with iOS and Android devices a way to let their little ones enjoy videos specifically meant for children. Image: Mashable composite The child-friendly version of YouTube, first announced last week, is here. For parents, YouTube has always been a double-edged sword.
For parents, YouTube has always been a double-edged sword. A lot of kid-friendly content already exists on the platform, but there was no effective way to manage kids’ viewing habits (without standing over their shoulder, that is). More risqué content was always a single tap away.
The parental controls include a built-in timer. After it runs out, any kids still watching are out of luck, as all videos will stop playing until it resets the next day — or until a parent increases the limit. The default is 30 minutes and the maximum is 120; once the timer has begun, kids can see how long they have left via a slowly shortening progress bar along the top. YouTube Kids is the preschooler version of YouTube, ads and all