Aren’t we all sick and tired of the adds invading us just as our favorite part in a YouTube video comes out? How the movie clip just pauses and disconnects us of our frame of mind? Well, it seems like children are the lucky ones once more, as YouTube Kids has something is store for them.
YouTube Kids is a version of the popular YouTube platform. It emerged last year, and it is addressed to children and minors. The existence of such a platform guarantees parents that their children are safe on the Internet, more precisely on YouTube, and are not exposed to inappropriate content.
A new decision has been made public by the managers of the website. Since YouTube Kids didn’t exclude advertisement, a new option was added to the project: an add-free option. YouTube Kids is not taking this step alone but in partnership with YouTube Red. This other version of YouTube was launched in October 2015, and it allows users to enjoy clips (as on regular YouTube), but it offers the comfort of not being interrupted by often-annoying adds. On the other hand, users might want to take a note of something: being a subscriber on YouTube Red is not free; the subscription’s price is $9.99.
A simple conclusion can be drawn from this: the partnership between YouTube Kids and Youtube Red can’t be free, either. So parents should know that protecting their kids from inappropriate content and preventing them from being disturbed by advertisements comes with a price: $10. Of course, there is a period when users can try the application for free, in the first month of their subscription.
Now children are free to watch their favorite shows, videos and movie clips: Thomas & Friends, Kung Fu Panda or The Muppets Show. DreamWorksTV and Cosmic Kids Yoga are two of the channels who collaborate in this project. Children spend their time watching add-free videos, while their parents pay the subscription. However, the price is affordable, and the subscription has its notable advantages: keeping minor viewers safe, and parents unworried.
Users should know that these platforms are not available worldwide. The collaboration between YouTube Kids and YouTube Red holds valid for the United States, New Zealand, and Australia. As for Europe, in most of the countries there, the application is not available yet, although it may soon appear in Ireland and the United Kingdom.
Officials, such as Jeff Chester (Center for Digital Democracy), reported on the situation:
“Google recognizes YouTube has become very important to children—and it’s out there to monetize it.”
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