YouTube to release new kids app

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While one of the most popular video sharing services around the world, YouTube isn’t necessarily the best, or safest, for children. So to weed out the suggestive and inappropriate content, YouTube’s engineers have created a new app: YouTube Kids.

The app will be available for free download on Monday when the company announces it at Kidscreen Summit, a children’s entertainment industry conference, and run on Google’s Android operating system, confirmed by the Wall Street Journal.

YouTube Kids will feature a kid-friendly design along with parental controls, including a timer to control viewing times and target word screening (typing in “sex” would have a “Try something else” message pop up).

Expected shows include “Thomas the Tank Engine,” “Sesame Street,” “Reading Rainbow” and “Mother Goose Club” along with content already in the kid-safe channels already featured on YouTube.

Update: YouTube Kids will only be available in the U.S. Expanding into other languages and countries is being considered.

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