Google has released a YouTube app for the kids

Google has released a YouTube app for the kids

Any parent who's fumbled with a keyboard in the wake of the F-Bomb will follow this development with interest

Google has launched the free YouTube Kids app on the iOS and Android platforms. The idea is to ringfence child-friendly content - including cartoons, music and education. Parents can even activate a timer to control viewing periods.

The app operates exclusively in "logged-out" mode. So content will not be personalised based on the users' viewing habits. The aim is to exclude accidental discovery of thematically-related videos containing adult-content voiceover.

How effective this new app proves at satisfying the demands of a generation raised on hours of back-to-back Stampy Longnose, DanTDM and other YouTubers remains to be seen. But it's a positive move from the Mountain View giant.