In the past year, other apps and sites have launched claiming to offer kid-friendly videos at the touch of a button. Take the YouTube Kids app, for example. By deleting offensive comment boards and creating an easy-to-use platform for kids, the app does seem ideal for responsible parents who want to keep their child safe online. With a timer, sound settings, and other parental controls, a parent can seemingly give their child an iPad let them “view away” since all the content has been filtered through a complex computer algorithm.
If you haven’t already done so, check out the recent reviews that have been popping up for the YouTube Kids app. Although given a positive welcome, tech review sites are now starting to write about the many safety concerns with the app. Using an algorithm may have been a fast and convenient solution for the app to get up and running, but it has failed to filter inappropriate and disturbing content. Even more alarming are the product advertisements posing as “channels.”
As a grassroots effort, KidKam believes a little work goes a long way. Although it may take more time for us to hire qualified screeners and watch every uploaded video, it is worth to us to provide a safe environment for the children using online media.
Although it is a step in the right direction for online safely, YouTube's method puts children at risk who can accidentally stumble upon some not-so-kid-friendly content. They will certainly be exposed to much more ad content.
As KidKam moves forward and grows its library, it takes pride in filtering out content the right way: screening videos just like a parent or teacher would do before allowing a child to watch it.