Review YouTube Kids
Curated YouTube content for kids
Author: Brandon Girod
Date: 06 Apr 2015, tested on HTC One M8
Great curated content for children, easy to use, powerful parental controls
There should be an ability to change from HD to SD, the password system doesn’t work if your kids can read
My children aren’t old enough to even be able to tell me what they want to watch on and they certainly aren’t browsing YouTube yet, but it’s really only a matter of time. That’s why I was generally pretty excited to see something like YouTube Kids for Android because it offers a way for you to control what your kids watch on YouTube, albeit only to an extent.
The first time you open up the app you’ll be greeted by a message that teaches you what you need to do in order to set up parental controls for the app. You’ll have to type in a numeric password that the app generates itself in order to progress to the settings, and this is the apps biggest downfall because it spells out the numbers directly making the entire system useless once your child is of reading age. And we all know what kind of weird things can be found online.
The only real features you have in order to curate what your child watches yourself is the ability to turn off the search bar and also set a timer for how long your children can watch. The app is pretty decent about not letting your children search for things it doesn’t think your child should be watching. If I typed in movie trailers for popular movies coming out then the app would ask me to search for something else, and even trying to search for popular actors or games, I wasn’t able to come up with anything fruitful, which is great.
The content that it features are mostly things you’ve probably seen floating around YouTube previously. You certainly won’t be able to find full episodes of popular shows, at least not officially.
Overall, I think YouTube Kids is a great app that really helps keep your kids from watching videos they probably shouldn’t be online. Unfortunately, once your child is of reading age then they’ll be able to access all of the parental settings, so I’d definitely like to see the app letting you create your own passwords for these settings.