Hands-on: Google launches YouTube Kids, a family-friendly YouTube app

By Ron Amadeo

Google has announced “YouTube Kids,” a family-friendly version of the Internet’s most popular video service. The service takes the form of an Android and iOS app that limits YouTube to hand-picked, kid-friendly channels like Sesame Street, Thomas the Tank Engine, and educational offerings.

The app is broken down into four sections: Shows, Music, Learning, and Explore, which are presented in a horizontal scrolling list. Parents get control over the app with time limits and the ability to lock down the search feature.

The home page is hand-curated, guaranteed-kid-friendly content, but search allows access to more of YouTube, which is filtered automatically. Google warns that this auto filtering might not be 100 percent accurate, so it offers the option to turn off search.

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