by App Report
If you've ever let your young child watch YouTube, you know it can be a slightly unsettling experience. Is that innocent looking Minecraft video going to turn into a long string of expletives? And what happens when they start clicking on the links to other videos?
Cakey is an iOS app that allows parents to curate and limit what a child can watch, and for the most part it works well. When first starting the app, a parent must create a passcode and then sign up for the service via Facebook or email (or use it in guest mode). You can then search YouTube and create collections of videos for your child. Better still, you can browse collections that other parents have shared through a separate web site and import them for your child.
What We Liked:
The app is easy to navigate, and a good way of essentially bookmarking videos that your child is going to watch over, and over (and over) without giving them access to all of YouTube. Everything is presented to the child with pictures, so reading is not required. Videos automatically go full screen, and have no ads of any kind. The web site cakeyvillage.com makes it easy to bring in collections of videos without having to set up everything yourself. Plus, my son likes the surprise aspect; when you add a collection, it appears as a gift to the child.
What could be improved:
Browsing shared collections requires going to an outside web site, which works, but it is a little clunky, although I'm told that this allows parents to add content from anywhere without having to be on the device where the app is installed. My son also found it difficult to fast forward though parts of a video as the slider control was hard for him to move.
Overall, Cakey is good for taming what your child sees on YouTube. It's clearly aimed at young kids (4+) but with the right videos, older kids can enjoy it too.
Download Cakey for iPhone or iPad: Free