As reported by several specialized websites, the YouTube Kids application, already available in some Latin American countries, began to be available in other countries in the region, including Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama and the Dominican Republic.
Its arrival at Latin America, after its launch in the US, took place in 2016, when it began to be available in Argentina, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Peru and Colombia. With the expansion announced, YouTube Kids is now available in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Paraguay and Uruguay, and the app can be downloaded from Google Play and Apple Store, or it can be accessed from its web version.
Antoine Torres, Head of YouTube Kids & Learning Content Partnership for Latin America, told Efe in a video call that YouTube Kids was born as an ‘opportunity to create a suitable platform for the use of families’ and that it is ‘the first Google product made for children’. Torres also mentioned that one of the key points is to guarantee the safety of minors, and that they can access educational content, since the conventional YouTube platform is designed for people over 13 years old and, often, requires an adult’s supervision. YouTube Kids offers parental controls and the ability to create profiles for each user, depending on the age of the children.