youtube kids

  • YouTube Kids comes to smart TVs

    YouTube Kids comes to smart TVs

    YouTube Kids, the application offering a filtered version of YouTube that’s more kid-friendly, is now natively available on the big screen for the first time, Google announced today. Previously a mobile-only application, YouTube Kids will now be offered on a range of smart TVs, including those from LG, Samsung and Sony. Read More

  • YouTube Kids gets its own original shows

    YouTube Kids gets its own original shows

    YouTube Kids, the app offering a curated selection of age-appropriate videos sourced from YouTube, is launching its own original programming, the company announced today. The four new shows are a part of the YouTube Red subscription service, and were created with the kids’ app in mind. This is also the first time that YouTube Red has invested in creators who are making original… Read More

  • FTC complaint alleges Google, Disney & others profit from deceptive ads aimed at kids

    FTC complaint alleges Google, Disney & others profit from deceptive ads aimed at kids

    Consumer watchdog groups, CCFC, Public Citizen, and the Center for Digital Democracy, are again targeting the deceptive advertising practices of “influencer marketing” in a new complaint filed with the FTC on Friday. The groups specifically call out Google’s YouTube and YouTube Kids, Disney-owned Maker Studios, Dreamworks’ AwesomenessTV and others, as being involved… Read More

  • YouTube Kids rolls out an ad-free option

    YouTube Kids rolls out an ad-free option

    YouTube Kids, the child-friendly version of YouTube’s service that launched last year and faced criticism for the way it handled advertisements, has today launched a version of the service that will offer parents the option to pay for an ad-free experience. Now, YouTube Kids will be bundled into the YouTube Red subscription program, a paid membership that offers a variety of… Read More

  • YouTube Kids Faces Further FTC Complaints Related To Junk Food Ads Targeting Young Children

    YouTube Kids Faces Further FTC Complaints Related To Junk Food Ads Targeting Young Children

    Consumer watchdog groups announced today they’ve filed additional complaints with the FTC over the advertising content in the YouTube Kids application. The complains this time focus on how the app allows food and drink advertisers to violate the self-regulatory pledges they made as members of the Children’s Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative (CFBAI). That program’s aim… Read More

  • Senator Nelson Tells Google To Do More To Control Content In YouTube Kids App

    Senator Nelson Tells Google To Do More To Control Content In YouTube Kids App

    The ongoing concerns surrounding the YouTube Kids application – including its inability to completely filter out inappropriate content, as well as the way it blends content and commercial advertising in ways that may be difficult for children to understand – have now reached the U.S. Senate. Read More

  • Consumer Watchdog Groups Complain Updated YouTube Kids App Still Exposes Children To Deceptive Ads

    Consumer Watchdog Groups Complain Updated YouTube Kids App Still Exposes Children To Deceptive Ads

    YouTube announced changes to its kid-friendly YouTube Kids mobile application this week designed to better educate parents on how the app works and the protections it offers, following a number of complaints, including those to the FTC, from consumer watchdog organizations. But the groups today are saying that YouTube hasn’t gone far enough with the updated YouTube Kids app, calling… Read More

  • YouTube Addresses Complaints About Inappropriate Content In Updated YouTube Kids App

    YouTube Addresses Complaints About Inappropriate Content In Updated YouTube Kids App

    When YouTube first launched its dedicated “Kids” app earlier this year, parents welcomed the opportunity to be able to keep their children away from the more adult content found on the larger YouTube network, thanks to the new app’s curated selection of kid-friendly videos. But the app soon came under fire from consumer watchdog groups who claimed YouTube was not doing enough… Read More

  • Following FTC Complaints, Senator Nelson Asks Google For Answers On YouTube Kids App Content

    Following FTC Complaints, Senator Nelson Asks Google For Answers On YouTube Kids App Content

    U.S. Senator Bill Nelson sent a letter to Google CEO Larry Page on Tuesday asking the company to detail how it selects content for the YouTube Kids application, and what steps Google is taking to ensure children are not being exposed to unsuitable content. The letter comes a couple of months after a number of consumer advocacy groups filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission… Read More