Using YouTube Kids on BlueSky TV

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Learn how to use the YouTube Kids app on BlueSky TV. YouTube Kids is a child-friendly service specifically designed for kids which makes it easier for children and parents to find content they are interested in. BlueSky TV provides a version of the service oriented towards children, with curated selections of content and parent control features.

 

               

Requirements

The YouTube Kids app and content is visible to all BlueSky TV customers. To access and watch YouTube Kids on BlueSky TV, it is required to have:

 

 

  • Shaw Internet Service
    • Shaw Internet service is required because YouTube content is streamed to BlueSky TV over the Internet, and YouTube usage will count toward your monthly Internet usage.

Related: Can't see YouTube Kids on your BlueSky TV box? Click here for troubleshooting steps.

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How to access YouTube Kids on BlueSky TV

You can access the YouTube Kids app on BlueSky TV by voice command, or via the Apps menu.

 

  • With the BlueSky TV voice remote, say "YouTube Kids"
    • Note: Voice commands may be used to launch the YouTube Kids app, but are disabled while using the app itself.

 

  • From the BlueSky TV Apps menu:
    1. Open the BlueSky TV Apps menu with the Shaw button on your remote, or the "Apps" voice command.
    2. Select YouTube Kids to open the YouTube Kids app.

      BlueSky TV Apps Menu

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YouTube Kids content

The YouTube Kids app is divided into four content categories. The categories feature curated selections of content from channels deemed appropriate for children. There's also an Explore section which offers a more broad selection of content.

 

Use the right and left arrows on your BlueSky TV remote to browse the categories.

 

Recommended

This category only appears after you've watched a video in the YouTube Kids app

 

Create

YouTube Kids Create Category

 

Shows

YouTube Kids Shows Category

 

Music

YouTube Kids Music Category

 

Learning

YouTube Kids Learning Category

 

Explore

YouTube Kids Explore Section

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Searching for videos

Search settings can be changed by selecting the Lock icon at the top-right in the YouTube Kids app.

  • Turning search on allows your child to search for new content on their own.
  • Turning search off limits your child to videos on the home screen.

 

How to change turn search on or off in the YouTube Kids app

  1. Select the Lock icon at the top-right in the YouTube Kids app

    YouTube Kids Settings Icon

     

  2. The Settings menu is displayed
  3. Select the Search icon

    Search Icon

     

  4. A prompt is displayed to confirm that you'd like to turn search off or on
  5. Select OK to confirm

    Turn Off Search PRompt

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Setting parental controls

Parental controls can be set on BlueSky TV to restrict access to certain areas of the YouTube Kids app. To access parental control settings for YouTube Kids on BlueSky TV.

  1. Press the Shaw button on your BlueSky TV remote control
  2. Select the Settings cog on the right
  3. Select Parental Controls
  4. Select Application Locks
  5. Select YouTube Kids

Related: BlueSky TV - Parental Controls

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Mobile app vs. BlueSky TV app differences

The YouTube Kids app on BlueSky TV has a few key differences and limitations when compared to the YouTube Kids app on a mobile device (i.e. accessed from your phone or tablet).

 

Sign in

  • The mobile app allows a parent to sign in with their Google account. On BlueSky TV, there is no option to sign in to your Google account on the YouTube Kids app.

 

Voice Search

  • The mobile app supports voice search. Voice search in the YouTube Kids app via the BlueSky Voice Remote is not supported.

 

Time Limit

  • On the mobile app, the built-in timer lets parents limit screen time by telling kids when it’s time to stop watching. The timer will display a friendly alert and stop the app when the session is over, so you don’t have to. The BlueSky TV app doesn’t support this feature.

 

Create a Profile

  • The mobile application allows signed in parents to create a separate profile for each child in their household. Each profile has a separate set of viewing preferences and recommendations, allowing multiple kids to get the most out of the YouTube Kids app. The BlueSky TV version doesn’t support this feature.

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Support & troubleshooting

Find resources below for fixing common problems with YouTube on BlueSky TV, getting support with your YouTube account, and more.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Troubleshooting

 

YouTube Support

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