Published on July 9th, 2018 | by Kirk Hiner3
Bring It! YouTube Kids for Apple TV
As a parent, I’m ambivalent towards Google’s YouTube Kids app for mobile devices. Before it existed, I could justify not allowing my kids to watch the annoying age-appropriate content available on YouTube because of the risk of them finding annoying age-inappropriate content.
Any parents who’ve ever overheard amateur reenactments from Disney cartoons or adult “influencers” playing with children’s toys understand from where I’m coming. It’s intolerable. It’s as bad as morning zoo radio programs but without the respite of prolonged commercial breaks.
Then along comes YouTube Kids which somehow manages to do a decent job of filtering out the violence, profanity, and other content on YouTube that’s inappropriate for children. What’s a father to do when my only reason to stop my six-year-old son from watching Justice Kidz is that it insults my intelligence?
So, in the spirit of being an understanding father, I have to wonder why YouTube Kids is not available on Apple TV. Obviously, the best way to watch TV is on an actual TV, not on the tiny screen of an iPhone. It would also mean that my wife and I wouldn’t have to turn our $600 to $1,000 mobile devices over to a six-year-old kid just so he can catch up Peppa Pig.
And that there is another reason why I’d like to have YouTube Kids on the Apple TV. Although so much of the content available through it is creative garbage, just like with YouTube itself there are a lot of gems to be found, even for adults. Episodes of the Spider-Man cartoon from the ’60s, for example. Even some Spider-Man snippets from The Electric Company! I’m not normally one who waxes nostalgic, but it would be cool to watch this stuff on the TV with my kids just like I did with my parents when I was a kid. I’d also be more willing to give their shows a shot that way. I’m not so old-fashioned that I can’t be won over by Miranda Sings, for example. The lady knows how to deliver a joke.
Yes, the same content is available on YouTube, but again, with YouTube Kids we’re not always a couple clicks away from stuff that’s inappropriate for…well, everyone, let alone my children. If I want to leave the living room and go get some work done, I wouldn’t need to worry about what’s lurking in the sidebar.
Google has not replied to our requests for an update on possible tvOS compatibility, but we’ll update this article if/when they get back to us. In the meantime, I think I’ll introduce my son to The Backyardigans…or anything with an actual creative team.