Great news for the parents out there that were excited to learn about kids video site Totlol on Techvibes in June. We just got word from Founder Ron Ilan that they’re no longer testing and have released their ‘Official Beta’ this week.
The biggest change is the Totlol site can now be enjoyed by kids without close supervision. Parents can now activate a “Parent Lock” that locks participation & community features and enforce a personalized Block List for specific videos. These features will make the site safe to explore for older children who are profidient with the mouse and keyboard.
Totlol has also make some improvements with toddlers in mind. They’ve implemented a continuous play option on a resizable player which should help eliminate the dreaded “lean-forward to seek-play-seek” experience which is demanding on parents and not suitable for younger children. This continuous play mode takes Totlol into the product realm of children’s TV from the viewer’s perspective, but keeps it in the Internet realm in terms of the influence parents have on what their kids are watching and when.
Thanks to YouTube’s excellent developer platform, Totlol has been able to focus on product & features that are important to parents and it looks like they’ve got a winner on their hands here.