BBC Just Launched iPlayer for Kids, Just in Time for Schools to Shut

By Tom Pritchard on at

With more people spending time at home and not leaving the house, it's important to be able to stay occupied and resist the temptation to go out and fight with old ladies over the last pack of toilet roll. That's even more important for kids, who are facing the longest Easter holiday in living memory. Fortunately there's one more thing to do, with a kid-centric version of BBC iPlayer that's just hit the interweb.

It's actually called a "children's experience on iPlayer", which means rather than being a dedicated app, it's actually a dedicated child-friendly profile (like Netflix has) on the existing iPlayer. To access it you just need to get to the screen asking you who's watching, and you'll find the new 'Children' profile is there accompanied by a picture of a monster.

Inside this profile you'll find you have access to all the CBBC and Cbeebies content that iPlayer has to offer, alongside other kid-friendly programming - be it entertainment or educational. That includes TV series and films, so you should be able to keep them quiet for a bit until schools are open again.

The point of this new 'experience' is to ensure parents and carers are confident that children are only watching things that are suitable for them - and didn't accidentally switch over to Bodyguard or What We Do in the Shadows instead.

Alice Webb, Director BBC Children’s and Education says:

“Keeping children informed, educated and entertained at home during these unprecedented times is going to be even more important than ever. Whether it’s being a number detective with the Numberblocks, going on a global adventure with Go Jetters, or learning about the planet’s deadliest animals with Deadly 60 – this new experience gives children of all ages a place to go to do that. We can’t promise solving the sibling tiffs over what to watch – but we can make it even easier to bring families and kids an incredible choice of shows and films on iPlayer. Children and parents can be assured the BBC will be for them during these challenging times.”

Dan Taylor-Watt, Director of Product, BBC iPlayer and BBC Sounds says:

“We know more and more iPlayer viewing is happening on the biggest screen in the home. We’re now making that experience even better for children – so they have a safe place to enjoy their favourite shows, discover new ones – and learn more, especially at the moment. And over time, this experience will get even better, with recommendations increasingly tailored to them – making sure they get the best kids experience possible.”