YouTube Kids is an app which is breaking out of the U.S., nine months after a sticky launch that hasn’t exactly been plain sailing for the software.
The Android and iOS app basically aims to offer family-friendly videos for the little ones, and now available to users in Canada, the U.K., Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand.
YouTube Kids, primarily uses an automatic filtering system to gather content for security, removes the ability to comment and upload videos, and it features a built-in timer allowing parents to limit how long their children can use the app is definitely helpful in controlling the child's exposure.
During the global launch, the ad-supported app has seen in approximately 10 million downloads, though Google-owned YouTube has had to deal with occasional missteps with the service.
Soon after launch, for example, several consumers groups complained to the company for apparently failing to block content that included not only Sesame Street’s Bert and Ernie turning the air blue, but also ads for alcohol and videos featuring sexual content seemed skipped on.
The same groups also complained that the service appeared to mashed and mix up content to some degree that it was sometimes difficult to tell the difference between ads and genuine programming and all other relevant issues.
As a response to the complaints, YouTube rolled out updates in a bid to improve the service, and with recent features including clearer guidelines on how to set up parental controls and also how to flag up inappropriate content on that YouTube Kids’ filtering system fails to root out.
Mainly, the troubling issues are likely to be the reason why it took so long that the company so l roll it out to markets outside of the U.S., so hopefully the fact that it’s finally chosen to do so indicates YouTube is now confident that the app is now able to offer a much more reliable and improved experience, and won’t have to hassle parents to run to shove their hands over their kids’ ears as Bert and Ernie start sounding off.
The app is both for iOS and Android devices, and with Android's vulnerability to adware and malware threats, along with YouTube Kids should not be taken for granted and make sure to comply with the security measures provided and or prompted. And avoid rooting your Android for this reason.
Despite ongoing efforts to ensure content is solely child-friendly, the company stated last month that “no algorithm is perfect, and even a perfect algorithm is no substitute for a parent or guardian’s judgment,” at the same time asking parents to be sure abide with the filtering system as well as to flag any inappropriate content so its team can review it and take any necessary action. Parents are in total control over every thing for the child, so making safety as a priority could leave every parent at ease.