What is Watchkin?
Watchkin is a site devoted to letting people have more control over their youtube viewing experience. We do the following things:
- Clean up the video page so you only have to see the video, and not all the surrounding text and images, comments and ads.
- Get rid of all the thumbnail images on the search results by default, thus avoiding inappropriate or potentially offensive content.
- Offer Watchkin Smart Mode filtering, which allows for safer viewing of videos for families, and lets users have input to fine tune the filtering.
How does it work?
When someone shares a youtube video with you, just copy and paste the url into the search box above and you’ll be taken to a clean page to watch your video without all the distractions of a normal youtube page — no videos on the side of the page or at the end of the video.
Even easier ways are to use the Auto-Redirect Addon, or the bookmarklet, as mentioned below.
Here’s an example of Bill Nye the Science Guy, come on……who doesn’t like Bill talking about Dinosaurs!
Many schools are beginning to open up Youtube, but reluctantly! This may be a good option to helping in that fight teachers have with IT staff about letting them have access to Youtube with kids. I encourage you to check out Watchkin. There really is no ready they should say NO to this method of “filtering.”