For $10 a Month You Can Strip Ads off YouTube for Kids

Thomas & Friends 2016BEACON TRANSCRIPTYouTube for Kids is a great way to keep your kids occupied while you’re busy, but though the content is kids-friendly, ads sometimes are not. Fortunately, YouTube rolled out support for Red this week.

So for just $10 per month you can rest assured that your kids are safe while enjoying other long-awaited features such as offline viewing and audio playback.

Red is a subscription service that was first launched last fall for the YouTube platform. A monthly subscription has enabled YouTube users to watch their favorite content without the pesky ads ever since. However, parents had hoped ever since that the service would sometime include YouTube for Kids as well.

This week, at last, it happened. YouTube announced the roll-out in a blog post on Wednesday. According to the post, however, users can fend off paid ads on YouTube for kids only in the U.S., New Zealand, and Australia.

The site also unveiled that the subscription service will enable users to play their family singalongs in the background while they use other apps on their mobile devices. What’s more, YouTube Red comes with a free 30-day trial if you don’t have a membership yet. To access the feature, open the app, create a Red account, and follow instructions there.

The company promised to add other features to the service soon. From the blogpost we’ve learned that “over the next few months” parents will be able to better tailor the content their children watch or should not watch on YouTube for Kids.

Yet, until then the site hopes that families will enjoy the subscription service’s benefits.

Google-owned YouTube for Kids is a video streaming service providing kid-friendly content to children under 12. The service was first launched in February 2015. Beside kid-appropriate content it also contains parental control features, voice search, and larger-than-usual pictures.

The main content providers include National Geographic Kids, DreamWorks TV, Talking Tom and Friends, Thomas the Tank Engine, and Mother Goose Club.

But YouTube for Kids has been under fire for showing ads that promote unhealthy lifestyle choices such as junk-food. The company responded to criticism that all the ads were approved by its policy team before being aired.

As of recently, the app added two new features to allow parents take control over the ads their kids see: a customized password and a section that helps parent to learn how to better use the app (see the “just for parents” tab for that).

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