The internet is a magical place with loads of interesting information and entertainment, along with an easy way to connect with people all over the world. But if there is one thing the internet is awful at, it’s catering to children. Yes, it can be a vile place where even the sacred YouTube comments often become infested with offensive and just plain gross content.
But there has been talk of Google creating versions of its products just for kids, specially designed to avoid trolls and weirdos from tainting them. And we may be seeing the efforts of that project come to life really soon, as USA Today reports that a kid-friendly version of YouTube will be coming to Android on February 23rd.
Though YouTube seems like an awful service to start with, as much of the content is for mature audiences, Google will impose strict limits on what kids can watch. The search function is even there, even with voice search, though it will of course be limited. Comments will be hidden entirely (which sounds like a great idea even for regular YouTube!). Plus, parental control like viewing timers will be added.
It sounds like Google has a good strategy going, but only time will tell how well the censors and limits work to prevent adult content from infiltrating the app. If you want to give it a try, it should be releasing this Monday on the Play Store. Will you give it a shot with your kids?