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YouTube Launches App for Kids

YouTube just got a little less scary for parents. The Google-owned company recently launched a kid-friendly app designed to find great content for kids without exposing them to the videos even most adults don't want to see.

YouTube Kids has joined up with Common Sense media and other third parties to launched an app, which curates kid-friendly programming. The app features clips and segments from shows like Sesame Street, TuTiTuTV, Reading Rainbow, Thomas The Tank Engine, Yo Gabba Gabba, Talking Tom, National Geographic Kids, Jim Henson TV, Pocoyo and Dreamworks TV.

Even more exciting, LeVar Burton of Reading Rainbow will also create an exclusive original series on YouTube Kids called uTech, which will focus on next generation technologies, according to Forbes.

YouTube's engineers designed the app with input from children's media advocate Common Sense Media. In addition blocking profanity and turning off the comments feature, YouTube Kids also has a parent-controlled timer that shuts down the app.

An easy to use navigation bar lets kids choose between TV, radio and educational videos. There's also an easy search feature within the app. Designed even for the youngest kids, the app responds to voice commands as well as written input.

The app is available on iOS and Android.

Image via Forbes/YouTube

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