Netflix is testing a new TikTok-like feature called Kids Clips on its iOS app. The feature offers kids a way to watch “funny, silly, and musical short-form clips from TV shows and movies,” according to the description.
While the new feature is similar to TikTok, it works a little differently (which is a good thing, parents). Instead of a vertical video feed like TikTok, the kids’ feature will have horizontal, full-screen videos. The clips will be set to autoplay, but parents can disable that in settings. There will be new clips added daily, and the content will focus on existing kids’ Netflix shows. Whatever parental controls are set for a kid’s established profile, Kids Clips will automatically do the same.
The good thing about Kids Clips is that it’s limited to 10 to 20 clips, and a countdown will be displayed in the upper right-hand corner of the screen so kids know how many they have left. This will prevent kids from mindlessly watching clips for hours on end — you know, like you’ve done on TikTok.
The point of all of it is to help kids find new content they’re interested in watching and to help connect them with clips they already know and love. It might also be a good way to provide some entertainment for your kids when you’re in a pickle (AKA when you need them to stop complaining while at the grocery store, etc.) without committing to a full episode.
As Kids Clips rolls out, it’ll only be available for iOS. And as Netflix pointed out, the feature is currently still a test.