Is Google Creating a YouTube Just For Kids?
Creating a safer online environment for kids might be as simple as giving them their own spaces to hang out. Like… virtual Chuck E. Cheeses! And while there are a bunch of kid-friendly sites out there (even oodles of apps aiming to teach young ones how to code their own online anything) what we need are more destinations that mimic what we all want out of our surftime. Think: Safe social networking, easy entertainment and channels full of fun, shareable content. How about a way for kids to get their (age-appropriate) viral video fix even? All might be attainable in the future — there’s apparently a “YouTube For Kids” in the works.
Google (YT’s parent — see, kids, even huge websites have ‘rents!) is reportedly developing an online video sharing platform geared to a much younger demo. They’ve even been reaching out to content creators for family-friendly programming for the single digit set.
YouTube currently does have parental controls, although those are limited and (if we remember being kids at all… who were less savvy than these kids) probably pretty easy to work around. Also, (again, if we remember correctly) it’s better to give kids their own thing as opposed to restricting what is available.
A move like this would open up a whole new world of unique content. So beyond just YouTube, it might look more like Netflix-and-Hulu-Too-For-Tykes. Orange is the New Black would be an entire show of adorable aliens learning colors. House of Cards, a channel of magic trick tutorials. We vote that Lennon and Maisy get their own YT4K (YouTube 4 Kids) Star Search. No confirmation yet, but we assume there will still be loads of cat vids.
Also, let’s not forget that, YouTube For Kids = YouTube For Parents’ Peace of Mind. Who can hate that?
Do you let your kids roam YouTube freely? What is your experience with parental controls like? What family-friendly online programming do you already let your kids watch? Share below!
Back in January, we introduced you to a feel-good cause to inspire your New Year's resolution: a walking challenge to help raise funds for the amazing cancer fighters at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I took part in the challenge with the Brit + Co team and ended up walking 105+ miles in January — it was awesome.
This spring, there's a new challenge on the horizon, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Big Climb. The ask: On May 15, 2021, you can step up to take cancer down by committing to climb 1,311 steps, walking 3.2 miles, or doing 440 chair step-ups at home as part of the Big Climb. If you need some motivation to bring movement back into your daily routine — look no further!
As always, it's free to sign up, but climbers are encouraged to set a fundraising goal to help beat cancer. We'll be organizing another Brit + Co team to step up, and I hope you'll join us too! Keep scrolling for a peek at where I'll be completing the challenge in my Los Angeles neighborhood around the hidden Silver Lake Stairs. Happy climbing!
Never underestimate the power of an accountability buddy! I asked my in-laws, my partner, and a few friends to join me so we can keep each other motivated and accountable in completing the challenge — virtual high-fives all around! Also, my dog Fox is a great climber, too.
An aesthetically pleasing backdrop is a huge motivator for me! I'm fortunate to have all sorts of painted steps around my neighborhood to keep the challenge interesting, but you can also keep cool inside with at-home chair step-ups.
Don't forget to share your progress on social — #BigClimb!
Feel free to break the challenge up if you need to by tackling half the distance in the AM and half at sunset. Here's me 1,311 steps later and ready for a break — but, think I earned this one!