New free YouTube kids app for Android

A new free parent control app for kids will be released by YouTube on February 23. Different from their mobile app, the new YouTube Kids, will run on smartphones and tables focusing on child-appropriate content.

The free Android app will be available for download starting February 23 from Google Inc’s online video service.

The app will have a child-friendly design with minimal scrolling and large icons. It will also have parental controls such as a timer so parents can limit their kids’ screen time.

The app is expected to feature original episodes of many popular preschool television shows including Sesame StreetReading RainbowThomas the Tank Engine and Mother Goose. It will also include kid-safe channels that are already featured on YouTube.

It’s expected that YouTube executive, Malik Ducard, will be announce the release of the new app on Monday at a keynote speech at the Kidscreen Summit conference.

In launching the app, Google will have to comply with the Children’s Online Privacy Protect Act which means parents must be notified if personal information is collected. The act is overseen by the Federal Trade Commission.