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Google Launches YouTube Kids App on iOS, Android

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YouTube Kids

Google has released its YouTube Kids app on iOS and Android devices, giving parents a family-friendly option for allowing their little ones to view videos on the popular video-sharing platform. The app has been designed with young users in mind, with a user interface containing larger images, bold icons and more.

App users can browse specifically selected family-friendly channels and video playlists across four main categories: shows, music, learning and explore. This content comes from popular networks and shows including Sesame Street, Jim Henson TV, DreamWorks TV, Talking Tom and Friends and more. New videos will be added to this highlighted programming in the future.

Users can also search for videos on particular topics, like educational tutorials or train videos, as examples. This search functionality can be turned off in the parental settings menu. Here, parents also have the ability to toggle a timer which limits a child’s screen time, turn off the app’s background music and sound effects, and more.

To make the experience even more kid-friendly, videos are presented without comments. Plus, parents can notify YouTube if a questionable video happens to make it through the app’s automated screening process.

YouTube Kids is available to download for free on the iTunes App Store and Google Play in the U.S. The app is coming soon to Kurio and nabi kids’ tablets.

Google isn’t the only company embracing younger device users. Twitter’s Vine released Vine Kids, another family-friendly video viewing platform, in late January.

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Backed By $4 Million, Bevy Debuts A Photo And Video Storage Solution The Whole Family Can Share

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Parent Co. Launches A Private Social Network For Families, Acquires Parenting App Notabli

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Mark Zuckerberg Stresses Friendship on Facebook’s 11th Birthday

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11Years650Facebook celebrated its 11th birthday Wednesday, and co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg marked the date by reminding users that in the end, it’s all about friendship.

Zuckerberg posted:

Today is a day to celebrate friends. It’s also Facebook’s birthday, but today isn’t about celebrating us. It’s about friendship.

This sounds simple, but not often enough are we taught to celebrate friends. Growing up, we learn that homework and chores are more important and need to be done before we can spend time with friends. As adults, we’re told we’re responsible when we put our work ahead of our family and friends.

Friendship isn’t a distraction from the meaningful things in life. Friendship is what gives meaning to our lives.

Our friendships make the world work. We laugh, we cry and we learn with friends. We eat, we shop and we work with friends. And when we fight for what we believe and change the world, we do that with friends too.

As we all do our part in this journey to connect the world, it’s important to remind ourselves to celebrate what’s at the root of it all: friendship.

Thank you for being part of our community of friends. Let’s turn today into a day to celebrate a friend. #friendsday

Readers: How long have you been on Facebook?

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For Kids, TV Takes A Backseat To Gaming

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UN Launches Powerful Oculus Virtual Reality Film Following Syrian Refugee Girl

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Robotics Co. Jibo Says Domo Arigato To $25.3 Million In Cash

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Recovering Helicopter Parent Uses Yik Yak to PEEK Into College Life

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With widespread adoption of social networks for maintaining relationships, it’s become increasingly easy to peep into the lives of the people around us. This may have led to a trend in aggressive oversharing, which exposes more of our data more often. With this exposure, it seems that parents have been able to get greater insight into the lives of their children, even if they’re attending college.

Lori Rozsa, a contributor to the New York Times Motherlode blog, provides insight into college life by using Yik Yak’s remote feed viewing feature – PEEK. Rozsa’s experience as a “recovering helicopter parent” drove her to investigate her child’s college feed. Since these updates were anonymous, she was only able to get a general sense of the campus, and not specific updates from her child.

Rozsa writes:

If you happen to have a kid at one of those colleges, you can get some insight into what is going on there, the good and the bad. That’s why I peek. It’s like an unofficial newsfeed from a college, targeting just that campus. It’s not what you see on Facebook and Twitter, and it is definitely not the view you get at Parents and Family Weekend.

Social media has made it easier than ever to pry, and while safety is a prime concern another concern has emerged too: reputation management. Data from a Pew Research study revealed that nearly 70 percent of parents are concerned that the online activity of their children could have negative long term impacts.

And where else but college do most young people make their mistakes? There is a long list of people who have damaged their careers by posting to social networks, and college students have been expelled for their social media activity. Indeed, parents may be right to be concerned, even when it comes to anonymous apps.

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Moment Brings Back Family Dinner Time By Sounding Alerts If You Pick Up Your Phone At The Table

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Ford And Life360 Partner On App To Curb Distracted Driving

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