YouTube to Launch App for Kids

Too Many Cookies Sesame Street - H 2014

Too Many Cookies Sesame Street - H 2014

The YouTube Kids app will feature family-friendly content, including 'Sesame Street,' 'Thomas the Tank Engine,' 'Reading Rainbow' and more.

YouTube is creating a hub especially for kids. 

The free YouTube Kids app will become available Mon., Feb. 23, on Android devices to make it easier for kids and their parents to find family-friendly content on the Google-owned streamer. The app, which features parental controls, will offer videos in four categories: shows, music, learning and explore. 

Episodes of shows such as Sesame Street, Reading Rainbow and Thomas the Tank Engine will be available through the app. It will also offer access to kid-friendly YouTube channels, such as DreamWorks TV, Jim Henson TV and others.

"The Jim Henson Company has been a longtime partner with YouTube, and it is a natural next step to continue our collaboration with the launch of the YouTube Kids app," said Richard Goldsmith, executive vp global distribution and international consumer products at The Jim Henson Co. "The app is extremely kid-friendly and features a variety of content, including several of our series, such as Sid the Science Kid, Pajanimals and Fraggle Rock. And we are delighted that kids will now be able to engage with them in this safe and fun environment." 

Hank Green, producer of SciShow Kids and Crash Course Kids on YouTube, said he's "so excited to finally be making educational and science content specifically for kids, especially since YouTube has put so much thought and effort into making a spectacular platform for it." 

YouTube partnered with children's and family advocacy groups, including Common Sense Media and The Internet Keep Safe Coalition, to test the app in advance of its launch.