PBS has launched an official channel on YouTube geared towards kids aged two through eight. Named PBS Kids, the channel has already been loaded up with hundreds of clips and promo videos (mostly around a minute or so) from the network’s TV series. PBS says they’ll be adding new videos weekly, and full episodes of original web series such as “Oh Noah!” and “Ruff Ruffman: Humble Media Genious” will soon be available to stream.
Parents shouldn’t expect they can leave their kids alone to watch the PBS Kids channel on YouTube, however. While services such as Netflix have a special interface for kids that filters out inappropriate material, the PBS Kids channel is just a selection of videos within YouTube. Parents should take steps to filter out adult content by turning on Safe Mode (located in the footer of the YouTube page), and setting their web browsers or YouTube apps to be kid safe. In Chrome, users can “Lock Safety Mode” and require a password to unlock.
PBS has several other dedicated channels on YouTube including their flagship PBS channel, PBS Parents, PBS Digital Studios, PBSoffbook, and PBS Idea Channel.
Head over to PBS Kids on YouTube to check out the selection of short videos.