Google and YouTube this week rolled out a new Android and iOS app for YouTube which is aimed at children. Dubbed YouTube Kids, it’s a way of delivering a filtered and curated experience that puts parents at ease. There are a number of controls and user-defined settings to ensure your younger ones aren’t wandering out of their lanes.

They Say

The official YouTube Kids app is designed for curious little minds. This free app is delightfully simple and packed full of age-appropriate videos, channels, and playlists. YouTube Kids features popular children’s programming, plus kid-friendly content from filmmakers, teachers, and creators all around the world. We’ve taken out the complicated stuff and made an app even little ones can navigate — that means big buttons, easy scrolling, and instant full-screen.

We Say

Given that YouTube can be quite the rabbit hole, we’re happy to see that we can be in control of how deep the kids go. We like being able to toggle off search and the ability to restrict the length of time spent. Throw in a great, growing library of YouTube-specific content and we sleep good at night. If you’ve got a toddler or early school age student in the house you may want to consider this one as a curated video service that stands on its own.

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