YouTube Kids app now available in Canada

YouTube Kids

Limit the content your kids watch on YouTube and the amount of time they can watch videos with the YouTube Kids app.

My kids love wasting time watching Minecraft videos on YouTube. They do it before school, after school, on weekends and evenings and to be honest I wouldn’t be surprised if they’re waking up in the middle of night to sneak a few more videos in (damn you Stampy!).

If your kids are like mine (and I see their friends doing the same thing so I know it’s not just my kids) you know how hard it can be to pull them away from YouTube.

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To help battle this endless video rabbit hole kids can go down, Google released YouTube Kids earlier this year. As with most new and cool things it was only available in the U.S. That all changed last week and the app is now available in Canada (with the exception of Quebec).

YouTube Kids is a chunkier-looking app than the regular YouTube app and features bright colours and voice search functions that make it easier for children to use. It only allows family-friendly content to be streamed so you know your kids will never see or hear something they shouldn’t.

Parental controls allow you to set a passcode for the app as well as limit the amount of time your kids can use it (greatest feature ever!). Other controls include the ability to turn off background sounds and music as well as tighten the type of content available.

The app is now available for iOS and Android devices as well as on the Chromecast, Apple TV and via most video game consoles and smart TVs.

Do your kids watch YouTube videos? Will you use the YouTube Kids app? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Super Mario Maker video review (by my 8-year-old son)

Super Mario Maker

There are lots of options when building a level in Super Mario Maker.

There’s no question that Super Mario Maker for the Wii U is one of the most addictive Mario games Nintendo has ever released. Being able to create your own levels is something I’ve dreamed of doing since I was a kid, and from a nostalgia standpoint the game hits all the marks.

But Super Mario Maker is not just for thirtysomethings like me trying to relive my youth. It spans all generations of Mario fans and my two boys (4 and 8) haven’t been able to stop playing it (or talking about it) since we got the game a month ago.

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Because of their excitement for Super Mario Maker, my 8-year-old (aka Bamcat Jr.) suggested he do a video review of it to upload to YouTube. I hesitantly agreed to this (more on my hesitation of putting my son on YouTube in a later post) and together we shot and edited our first video production.

Check out his video review of Super Mario Maker below and share your thoughts on the game in the comments or by tweeting @bamcatbuzz.

Notes about the video

The video was shot using a Sony RX100 IV point-and-shoot camera and edited with a trial version of Adobe Premiere Pro. It took just over an hour to shoot and edit and was a great bonding project with my kids.

This is how you sell houses now

Sage Real Estate is a boutique brokerage in Toronto that has made a name for themselves because of their amazing marketing skills, especially when it comes to digital marketing. They constantly make headlines and are quite often used when local news requires a “real estate expert”.

I first heard of Sage after they released this very slick video for one of their listings last year. Calling it a “video” doesn’t do it justice though, as this is a high-quality film with a good-looking lead, beautiful camera work, catchy music, and a great dog (kudos to Mark Wilson/PropertyFilms.ca for the production quality).

When asked about the inspiration for doing the video, Evan Sage of Sage Real Estate told Inman News “We believe that we are in the business of selling lifestyles, not just four walls and a roof. So when developing a marketing campaign for a listing, we try to focus it on who the buyer is, and we do whatever we can to speak to their lifestyle.”

And that’s exactly the strategy required to sell houses quickly in a crazy market like Toronto now (the house was listed at $1.5M CDN and sold in just over a week after the buyer saw the video).

Take a look at the video above and let me know your thoughts. Think this is overkill? Think real estate professionals should be doing more unique marketing ventures like this? Drop me a line in the comments, via email at brian@bamcat.com or Tweet me @bamcat.