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YouTube Kids lands on Fire TV - here’s why that’s good news for you and your kids

YouTube Kids lands on Fire TV - here’s why that’s good news for you and your kids
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Parents always feel the pressure of keeping their kids entertained, but now more than ever as many of us are still stuck in lockdown. We can’t take our little ones out to the park or let them socialize with their friends in the way they used to, so we have to find new ways to keep them happy during these difficult times. Many of us have been signing up to the best TV streaming services (opens in new tab) like Disney Plus (opens in new tab) to help engage our children while we’re working from home. Thankfully, YouTube has thrown us all a helping hand by launching YouTube Kids on Fire TV.

YouTube Kids is a stand-alone app designed specifically with children in mind, focusing on family-friendly content and safety features to keep your child safe when they’re watching online content. It uses a mixture of automated filters and human reviews to decide what content is and isn’t appropriate for your children, with a reporting feature should anything slip through the net.

There also plenty of design and UI choices that were made with kids in mind, such as larger buttons that are easier to click on, plus child-friendly graphics throughout the app. There are also a ton of features for parents that enable you to customize your child's online experience, including tools for blocking certain content and screen time limits. You can also filter what videos your children can watch based on age, unlocking more content for them as they grow up.

YouTube Kids was already available on a number of devices including some of the best tablets (opens in new tab), including the Amazon Fire HD 10 (opens in new tab).

What is Amazon Fire TV?

Amazon Fire TV is the family of devices that plug directly into your TV (opens in new tab), making any TV a smart TV. There are a number of devices in the range including the Fire TV Stick, which is a budget option that plugs directly into a USB port, all the way up to the Fire TV Cube which offers Alexa integration for hands free TV streaming.

You'll find the YouTube Kids app available to download on your Fire TV device, so head over and check it out now. If you'd like more information on YouTube Kids, Amazon has an info page (opens in new tab) with the key details. You can also visit YouTube's info page (opens in new tab) too.

Ian Stokes is the Tech Editor here at Top Ten Reviews. He has extensive experience in tech and games journalism, with work published on IGN, Kotaku UK, Waypoint, GamesRadar, Trusted Reviews, and many more. You'll find him covering everything from smartphones and home computers to 3D printers and headphones. He's also our resident cocktail expert.