There's a new choice in the app store for parents who want their toddlers to be able to watch YouTube videos without accidentally watching content they aren't ready for. Sami Apps Video Player is curated alternative for parents who want more control over what their children are able to watch. This FREE app is available for iOS and Google Play so it can be used on almost any device!
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Google Play (FREE)
Our friend Philip gives us a demonstration of how the app works below. Take a look!
Five years ago, parents had a rough time when it came to YouTube on iOS devices. Back then, YouTube was pre-installed and the only
choice was to keep the WiFi turned off. Thankfully, that is long over and now there are many options available for keeping kiddos shielded from the more undesirable videos that YouTube has to offer. Here, I'm reminded of the time I walked in on my toddler watching a scantily clad woman with a lot of make-up blowing bubbles while my kiddo blew his own pretend bubble with her.
Thankfully, one more option for parents is Sami. All videos available in the app are hand selected by a team of parents and educators every week and parents at home can search for specific videos in a protected area to add as well. The team has chosen a refreshing approach to their choices because they also choose independent cartoons instead of just mainstream content.
The weekly videos are organized into several categories: learn, play, songs, do-it-yourself and favorites. Learn has videos that teaches about numbers, letters and shapes for example, while play has videos that feature just having fun. Songs has people reading encyclopedias (I'm just kidding. It has songs. I just wanted to see if you were paying attention.) and do-it-yourself has kids crafts. Favorites is where the videos that Moms and Dads pick live. I was able to add an entire channel of 313 videos which makes my mommy heart happy. All videos are shown with a title, channel icon and running time. The videos are easy for kids to swipe and scroll from left to right. In addition to everything already listed, the app has a timer setting and has five language options: English, Dutch, Portuguese, Spanish and Catalan.
I also need to mention how much I like the parent protection on this app. In order to access the parent area, users have to press three numbers that are spelled out. This sounds easy but each time the numbers change and so does the number keyboard. For instance, one time the number keyboard will be laid out with 5,4,9 on the top row, while another entry the rows will be in a completely different order.
Parents will enjoy having a new tool in their tool boxes with Sami Apps Video Player helping them to control video content their kids have access to watching.