BBC iPlayer to Launch for Kids

Posted on Oct 3 2015 - 2:03am by Robert

If you have a tablet and a kid at home then the chances are that they are often seen in the same place at the same time.

In fact, the latest figures released by the BBC suggest that 75% of children in the UK have access to a tablet in their homes. Additionally, around half of primary school kids are said to use social media too. The rise in the use of tablets by youngsters has fuelled a demand for apps specifically for them.

This means that the BBC’s idea of making a dedicated iPlayer app just for kids makes a lot of sense. This new app is set to be launched in 2016 and is going to be filled with solely content aimed at children.

On Both Android and iOS


The new BBC iPlayer for kids will be made available on both Android and iOS devices and will be completely stripped of anything that isn’t appropriate for younger viewers. The idea is that this app will make it easy for youngsters to find their favourite CBBC and CBeebies shows without any risk of stumbling into anything else.

Alice Webb is the director of BBC Children. She said the dedicated iPlayer for children will make it “easy and fun” for them to find new BBC shows in a “safe environment”. She went on to say that parents can also let their kids search for content on it with confidence.

This new app follows hot on the heels of the platforms for kids launched by YouTube and Netflix.

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  1. Texty Cafe October 3, 2015 at 12:39 pm - Reply

    Nice initiative bbc.

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