Google to launch kid-friendly YouTube app
Move intended to create a safer browsing experience for children, Google says
Google is planning to launch a new YouTube app targeted at children, with the intention of providing a safer browsing experience for underage users.
According to online reports, the app, dubbed YouTube Kids, will be rolled out in the United States first, and then be made available in other countries as time goes on.
It will feature parental controls, and will also restrict users in terms of uploading content - only approved users will be able to upload videos, reports said. Parents will even be able to disable the search function, meaning that kids will only be able to view trending videos or saved channels.
According to reports, there will be four main categories for the channels - TV shows, education, exploration and music. Content will be provided by some of YouTube's bigger partners, such as Dreamworks and Jim Henson TV.
On top of this, the app will also limit the amount of time that children can spend watching videos.
Naturally, the app will be free, but reports say that it will not be available on iOS or Windows devices - Google has reportedly opted to make it an Android operating system exclusive. Whether or not that will change as uptake grows is not yet clear.