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This article was published on April 26, 2017


Google brings YouTube Kids app to smart TVs

Google brings YouTube Kids app to smart TVs
Rachel Kaser
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Rachel Kaser

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Rachel is a writer and former game critic from Central Texas. She enjoys gaming, writing mystery stories, streaming on Twitch, and horseback Rachel is a writer and former game critic from Central Texas. She enjoys gaming, writing mystery stories, streaming on Twitch, and horseback riding. Check her Twitter for curmudgeonly criticisms.

Google today announced the YouTube Kids app is now available on certain smart televisions, meaning children can get a break from staring at a small screen to stare at an even larger screen.

The app will be available on a number of different TVs, including Samsung, Sony, and LG webOS. Google says support for Android TV is coming. For those of you without smart TVs, Kids is also Chromecast-ready.

YouTube Kids launched in 2015, a dedicated app parents could rely on to babysit their kids. It comes with robust parental controls, voice commands for children too young to spell, and a number of educational videos aimed at children. Questionable content sprouts up there every once in a while, but luckily it’s not a majority.

YouTube Kid’s collection of kid-friendly curated content is one of Google’s biggest hits, if its reported numbers are any indication. According to YouTube, the Kids app has 8 million active weekly viewers in 26 countries.

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