A website called KideoPlayer makes it possible for little ones to enjoy YouTube.
Yesterday I blogged about kids using YouTube and asked what sort of precautions, if any, parents took to ensure their kids weren’t watching or posting inappropriate videos. Marc Saltzman made a comment, saying:
I probably *should* supervise my kids when they watch YouTube videos (my 7 year-old Maya loves checking out Britain’s/America’s Got Talent performances, etc.) but so far it hasn’t been an issue with the related videos it suggests.
Someone, however, just told me their daughter was looking at videos of dogs and he left her for a moment…when he returned she just clicked on a video of a dog fight. Thankfully, his 6 year-old didn’t see that or else it could’ve been traumatizing!
A site called KideoPlayer offers up a solution that allows young children to watch YouTube videos that are completely family friendly, so parents can relax knowing their preschooler isn’t going to stumble upon unsuitable videos. KideoPlayer is run by a dad of two young boys in his free time. He scouts out YouTube for safe, educational and fun videos and then puts them on KideoPlayer.
KideoPlayer is extremely simple. Unlike the YouTube website, there’s no search option or comment section. Videos are automatically played and, if your child wants to skip ahead to a different video, (s)he just needs to hit the keyboard’s spacebar. Pressing R will rewind the video that’s playing and pressing F will make the videos play in full screen.
This site seems like a nice way to let young children watch YouTube videos, but is limited in that there is no search option (sorry Marc, your daughter can’t hunt for America’s Got Talent videos here).
What do you think? Is this a site you’ll introduce to your kids? Unfortunately, it’s a little too young for my son to benefit from it, but think it’s a great idea for preschool aged kiddos.