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Tips: Find Family Friendly Videos For #Kids With YouTube Kids #App

YouTube Kids LogoBecause kids have access to browsers on many devices they can roam the internet which can result in kids seeing inappropriate content. The best defense for parents is to make sure they educate their kids on internet safety and have regular safety talks -so communication between kids and their parents is key. Along with that, introducing family friendly apps can also help kids stay within the boundaries of family friendly content. I am excited to announce that YouTube has created the YouTube kids app as a step to help families provide a safer place for kids to view videos online.  While I could not attend the press event in New York, I will be meeting with YouTube to get a demo soon. Event though the ideal age for this app is only 2-8, this is a great step in the right direction for family friendly apps in general.  National Geographic Kids shared “We are so excited to be a part of the new YouTube Kids app launch with National Geographic Kids original and curated video content,” says Michelle Sullivan, VP Digital. “We want kids of all ages–and their grownups– to enjoy our playlists and spark their curiosity to go out in the world and learn more.

 

For now I wanted to share the information from the YouTube kids press release so parents can test it out for themselves:

 

The YouTube Kids app is available now on iOS and Android:

LINK FOR YOUTUBE KIDS iOS APP on the Apple Store 

LINK FOR YOUTUBE KIDS ANDROID APP on Google Play

 

 

YouTube Kids Screenshot

Photo Credit: YouTube

 

 

 

FAQ’S FROM YOUTUBE KIDS PRESS RELEASE:

Parental Controls: 
Timer: Let the app be the bad guy with a built-in timer that lets you limit kids’ screen time. The app alerts your child when the session is over, so you don’t have to. (You’re welcome. ;)
Sound settings: Sometimes you need a little peace and quiet! You have an option to turn off background music and sound effects, so your kids can keep watching while you catch a breather.
Search settings: If you’d rather limit your children to just the pre-selected videos available on the home screen, you can turn off search.
Product feedback: Our goal is to improve YouTube Kids all the time, so we’ve included a space for you to give us your feedback.
What age group is this app appropriate for?
Right now, YouTube Kids delivers enriching and entertaining, early literacy content, ideal for kids 2-8.

Which devices are supported?
Launching in Google Play and the App Store, YouTube Kids is a fun and interactive place designed for families to explore and enjoy a vast selection of videos on tablet or smartphone.  You can use YouTube Kids on your smartphone or tablet with:

  • iOS 7 or above
  • Android 4.1 or above

Can I log in to the app with my YouTube account?
No, we currently only support a logged out experience.

When will YouTube Kids be available in other countries and languages?
YouTube Kids is currently available to users in the United States, but we’re working to expand to other countries.

What kind of content is available in the app?
The app is a kid-appropriate experience built around the breadth and depth of content that kids love. With a vast selection of videos, across a variety of topics, the choices match a child’s endless curiosity and interests, offering something for every kid; find how-to build a volcano, countless train videos, sing-along versions of favorite songs, crafting projects, match tutorials, answers to questions (what if we lived on the moon?), and much more.  You’ll also find popular programming like National Geographic Kids, Sesame Street, DreamWorks Animation and Thomas & Friends, online hits like Mother Goose Club, Super Simple Songs and TuTiTu, plus kid-friendly content from filmmakers, teachers and creators all around the world.

Are you COPPA compliant?
Yes. YouTube Kids is a signed-out app experience, so it does not collect, use or disclose information connected to a Google account, including the user’s name, address, contact or other personal information.

Here is a YouTube video demo of the new YouTube Kids app:

NEW SHOWS ON YOUTUBE KIDS (from press release):

  • The Furchester Hotel is a series for 3 to 6-year-olds set in an ‘almost’ world-class hotel run by a close-knit family of cheerfully incompetent monsters. The series, which is designed to encourage creative problem-solving, introduces brand new characters and also welcomes the beloved Elmo and Cookie Monster from Sesame Street.*
  • New digital videos for Thomas & Friends features Thomas the Tank Engine™ as fans have never seen him before, having adventures off the Island of Sodor in fascinating destinations like London, Paris, and New York City, and coming to life in children’s playrooms.
  • Explore the amazing technology that surrounds our everyday lives, in this exciting new original series called uTech, presented by Reading Rainbow and YouTube. In the first episode, join host LeVar Burton as he takes a look at some of the places you may have not realized we encounter technology (from the moment we wake up to an alarm clock, until we go to bed at night and brush our teeth).
  • National Geographic Kids playlists are an exciting and educational way to explore the very best of YouTube. Hosted by kids for kids, these curated playlists on awesome animals, cool science, natural phenomenons, and more are perfect for curious kids who want to explore, laugh, and learn.
  • Two new shows from Hank and John Green, the Vlogbrothers:  SciShow Kids will tap into kids’ curiosity and answer their many “why” questions with animated explanations, live-hosted experiments and field trips. And Crash Course Kids will empower both educators and students with customized elementary school lessons, hosted by some of your favorite YouTube stars 
  • WONDER QUEST: Set in the world of Minecraft, one of the most popular kid’s video games today, and starring Joseph Garrett, better known to millions of fans as Stampylonghead, “Wonder Quest” brings audiences family-friendly adventure with an educational twist. Will Stampy accept the quest from a friendly wizard? Will Stampy and his friends save the town of Wonderberg from a fate of really bad jokes? A fun way for kids to explore, Stampy invites friends to build an online world that encourages wonder — all based on Core Curriculum and Next Generation Science Standards. 
  • A new series from Outfit7, Talking Tom and Friends will chronicle the adventures, hijinks, and inventions of Talking Tom and the gang as they shoot their own reality television show.

 

I can’t wait to try out the new YouTube kids app with my kids. How about you?

 

 

 

 

Great Family Adventure Inspired by the film #EarthtoEcho

Disclosure: Sponsored Post.

 

official geocacheNow that summer is here, it is a great time for outdoor adventures and fresh air. One family activity my kids especially enjoy is called Geocaching“ a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices”.  Beyond the excitement of looking for outdoor treasure in hidden containers, Geocaching gives us exercise by riding our bikes while using the Geocache app to find local sites.

 

When I was asked to join in a campaign for the new movie “Earth to Echo” and document our own sponsored adventure using the Go-Pro 3 – I could not wait! It was a great opportunity to spend quality time with my teen and document it with the GoPro. Check out the bottom of this post for the video of our geocaching adventure!

 

Watching the trailer for the new movie (coming out July 2nd), I was reminded of my favorite childhood family films like E.T. which capture the excitement of an adventure between friends. “Earth to Echo” has the added twist of some new modern technology and a mysteriously cute alien.

 

 

Here is more information about Earth to Echo from the movie’s press release:

 

“Friendship is the greatest adventure of all.  Earth To Echo – In theaters July 2, 2014.

 

Tuck, Munch and Alex are a closely bonded trio of inseparable friends, but their time together is coming to an end. Their neighborhood is being destroyed by a highway construction project that is forcing their families to move away. But just two days before they must part ways, the boys find a cryptic signal has infected their phones.

 

Earth to Echo

 

 

Convinced something bigger is going on and looking for one final adventure together, they set off to trace the messages to their source and discover something beyond their wildest imaginations: hiding in the darkness is a mysterious being, stranded on Earth, and wanted by the government.

 

Earth to Echo

 

This launches the boys on an epic journey full of danger and wonder, one that will test the limits of their friendship and change all of their lives forever.

 

Earth to Echo

 

Rating: PG

 

Cast: Ella Linnea Wahlestedt, Reese Hartwig, Teo Halm and Brian “Astro” Bradley.

 

 

Earth to Echo

 

What family adventures are you planning this summer? Maybe start by heading to Theatres on or after July 2nd to see #EarthtoEcho, and stop off along the way to find some Geocaches…

 

Talk about adventures, here is the video my son and made sponsored and “inspired” by the film Earth to Echo to show our geocaching adventure.

 

 

 

INFORMATION ON MORE EARTH TO ECHO GEOCACHING FUN from press release:

Earth To Echo hits theaters on July 2, but you can prepare for the journey in the meantime with the brand new Geocaching EARTH TO ECHO Adventure now available in a few major cities! Geocaching is a family-friendly activity, where adventure seekers can use an app or GPS on their mobile devices to search for cleverly hidden containers placed in nearby neighborhoods.”

 

Geocache Earth to Echo

 

Go on a Geocaching adventure in your city with Earth To Echo! Play to unlock the mystery today, start here. Adventures are currently available in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Seattle.

 

For more informationon the Earth to Echo film, check out – #EarthtoEcho, the Official Website, Like’ Earth to Echo on Facebook, Subscribe on YouTube or follow on Twitter, Instagram & Tumblr.

 

 

Earth to Echo

 

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All of my words are my own.

 

 

 

 

Beauty of the Talking Twins

I am the proud mother of three boys, two of which are twins. All siblings have a special connection (and sometimes special brawls), but twins have an extra connection that is hard to describe. When I think back to the days my twins were babies, there were many special moments that they communicated to each other in their own secret language. I could even call it babble with meaning.

The other day a friend, who knows I have twins, sent me a link to the new viral sensation: Talking Twins taken by Twinmamarama (hat tip to SFGate for helping me figure out who the brillant mama who took the video is).

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TechMama goes HotMama on MommytoMommyTV

At the Sony Mom Blogger event I had to opportunity for a behind the scenes glimpse of professional movie magic and (on a smaller but equally important scale) how to create my own photo and video magic – at a demo of the Sony digital products.

I was especially excited about creating video for my site. But I realized I had one small problem: while I may know lots about tech, I still have lots to learn about video. I was lucky to have met Kimberley Blaine of TheGoToMom, who also gives vlogger seminars. I decided I need to get my video mojo on and what better person to learn from then Kimberley?

Kimberley Clayton Blaine just launched her newest online video venture: MommytoMommyTV - a new online show for moms. I was excited to host one of the shows. The show is called TechMama Goes HotMama.

So of course I prepared… Real Housewives reality TV style..

My segment was about meeting my mom comedian idol Heather McDonald (in LA) to have her sign a copy of her book that I purchased. I wanted to get myself Hollywood ready to meet her, so of course I got a spray on tan and hair extensions. Really.

Watch my segment to see my full makeover details.. Did I really get to meet the fabulous Heather McDonald? Did I also meet any other fabulous comedians? Was I able to walk in the super sized high heeled shoes I bought for the video? Did I have an orange glow from my spray on tan? Did anyone pull my hair extensions?

Click HERE to read the rest of the post and watch the MommytoMommy.tv show I hosted.

TechMama Goes Hot Mama With Guest Celebrity by Kimberley Blaine.

Press Release:

INTRODUCING MOMMYtoMOMMY.TV–A NEW ONLINE VIDEO SERIES FOR MOMS

The Internet is full of places where parents can go to find advice and ideas, but with so much information out there, it can be hard for mom’s to find once place that covers the hot topics that they actually want to hear about. Well, mom’s, the wait is over: Kimberley Clayton Blaine, a popular mommy video-blogger and America’s favorite Go-To Mom (and founder of www.TheGoToMom.TV), announced today a new series of online programming for moms –MOMMYtoMOMMY.TV—a unique online program designed exclusively for mommies.

Twice per month, Blaine (who produces and hosts the show) will team up with a different momblogger, mompreneur or celebrity guest to deliver info-tainment on the featured topic. With its fast-paced style, the show is designed to entertain and inform moms about the things they care about most. The show will feature a variety of hot topics about motherhood, family, and the work/life balance so many moms juggle. Everything juggling entrepreneurship and motherhood, or dealing with relationships, fertility issues, and body image—no topic will be left uncovered.

“In doing my parenting series as The Go-To Mom, what I’ve found is that even though we are moms–and that’s a big part of who we are– we’re still women with a unique set of interests andconcerns,” explains Blaine.   “This idea was born out of the fact that moms are social and they want to connect with other mothers,” she continues. “And MOMMYtoMOMMY.TV is a place for mothers to do just that–to connect, to share videos, and to be inspired by one another.”

What’s more? Blaine has teamed up with Sony to inform moms of the latest and greatest technology so that they won’t miss one minute of those precious family moments. With webisodes featuring great innovative new products like Sony® α (alpha) cameras, Bloggie HD MP4 cameras, Cyber-shot® cameras and Handycam® camcorders.

With celebrity guests, technology how-to’s, great advice, and a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at how a show like this is made there’s something for everyone at this new online community that is created by Mom’s for Mom’s. Be sure to take a peak this month at www.MommytoMommy.TV. You won’t be disappointed!


 

YouTube & Video: Search of the Future

I just read a NYT article about kids using YouTube as "their" search engine of choice. My 10 year old always searches YouTube and prefers video sites. Out of the mouth of babes, I see the future of search. And it's all about video!

NYT Article: At First, Funny Videos. Now, a Reference Tool.

Here is a listing of video search sites: