I don’t know about you, but the reports that have been breaking over the past few weeks about the terrifyingly inappropriate videos that slip through the electronic gates at YouTube Kids have freaked me out. My kid is only 10 months old, but I may have said in a slightly hysterical voice, ‘he’s never watching YouTube!’
Now, obviously, that’s most likely not going to be the case. But if you’re in the same boat – you’ve got young kids who like watching videos online and you don’t want to worry that they’ll sustain lasting psychological damage from an errant disturbing computer nightmare, there’s good news in the form of a new, human-created, ad-free app.
It’s called Jellies, and everything featured on the streaming service is curated by humans, which eliminates the algorithm-generated nonsense YouTube is currently dealing with in the wake of the fallout. Not only that, but the creators of Jellies consulted the American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines and age-range data from Common Sense Media in order to pick and choose their content.
It’s all family-friendly and discourages videos that promote consumerism and distraction. Instead, they are picking ones that push for curiosity, development, and creativity.
The service costs $5 a month, but the programming is ad-free.