The YouTube Kids App Will Protect Your Little Ones From Dirty Videos, Most of the Time

By Aatif Sulleyman on at

Google’s launched a child-friendly version of YouTube in the UK and Ireland, which should shield the apples of your eye from inappropriate online content. On YouTube, at least, and even then it might not always work.

YouTube Kids, which is designed for 3-8-year-olds, hit the US earlier this year and has attracted criticism for not doing a thorough enough job with preserving youngsters' innocence. People have complained about inappropriate videos, sexual language and jokes about paedophilia slipping through the net, and Google has admitted that it’s impossible to keep the app 100 per cent safe. However, we must stress that both the iOS and Android versions of the app have solid ratings.

Google uses an algorithm to filter out dirty, adult stuff, and allows parents to set time restrictions. If little Jimmy one day decided to take some inspiration from his father's search history and enter a rude term, a message would automatically pop up on screen saying, "Try searching for something else!" Bad Jimmy.

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