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Apple TV+ offers peek at kids shows ‘Ghostwriter’ and ‘Helpsters’

Ghostwriter is a re-do of the 1990s TV series that has a team of kids solving mysteries when a ghost starts releasing famous literary characters into the real world — including Alice in Wonderland’s White Rabbit, as the preview clip makes clear. Helpsters, meanwhile, teaches kids problem-solving skills through friendly monsters. – Jon Fingas, Engadget » https://engt.co/2AtEZ9F [photo: Apple TV+]

YouTube creators have begun shifting channels after FTC fine leaves futures in jeopardy

Several prominent full-time personalities are already making changes to avoid the potential fallout. Toya from MyFroggyStuff (2.1 million subscribers), Kelli Maple (1.2 million subscribers), and Rob of Art for Kids (1.9 million subscribers), among others, have all published announcement videos updating their fans about changes they should expect to see, including adjustments to both titles and content. Their goal is to avoid losing revenue by being swept up in YouTube’s broad new category of kids content, which will go into effect on January 1st, 2020, while still keeping their fans happy. – Julia Alexander, The Verge » https://ift.tt/309zUNW

YouTube Kids launches on the web

Kid-friendly YouTube content now has its own website, youtubekids.com. The website will offer a similar experience to the existing YouTube Kids mobile app, where parents will be able to direct their child to videos that are age-appropriate, as well as track their child’s watch history and flag content missed by YouTube’s filters. At launch, the site won’t offer a sign-in option, but that will roll out at a later date, the company says. – Sarah Perez, TechCrunch » https://techcrunch.com/2019/08/30/youtube-kids-launches-on-the-web/?tpcc=ECFB2019 [photo: YouTube Kids]

The FTC looks to change children’s privacy law following complaints about YouTube

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is considering an update to the laws governing children’s privacy online, known as the COPPA Rule (or, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act). The Rule first went into effect in 2000 and was amended in 2013 to address changes in how children use mobile devices and social networking sites. Now, the FTC believes it may be due for more revisions. The organization is seeking input and comments on possible updates, some of which are specifically focused on how to address sites that aren’t necessarily aimed at children, but have large numbers of child users. – Sarah Perez, TechCrunch » https://tcrn.ch/2XY4TMb

HBO’s Sesame Street is the battlefield in the streaming wars for kids’ TV

Just how much does kids content matter to streaming services? Research firm eMarketer estimates that by 2019, digital video penetration among kids aged 11 and under will reach 74%, up from 68% in 2013. They also say that most kids are gifted an electronic device capable of streaming video between the ages of eight and 11. Netflix says that roughly half of all of their subscribers (more than 30 million people worldwide) regularly watch kids’ content. That’s way more than the number of people who will slog through Marco Polo. – Brian Moylan, The Guardian

Neil Patrick Harris to Star in Netflix’s ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’ as Showrunner Exits

A Series of Unfortunate Events tells the tale of orphaned children Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire who finds themselves in the villainous clutches of an evil uncle named Count Olaf who has designs on their family fortune. – Lesley Goldberg, The Hollywood Reporter
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