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With the UK’s schools now officially closed in order to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus, the BBC has launched a new children-focussed service on the iPlayer on-demand, catch-up and live TV service.

HeyDuggee2 16 2Jan2018The BBC announced on 18 March 2020 a wide-ranging package of measures to keep British citizens, in particular those self-isolating and children staying at home, up to date on how to cope with societal changes due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

The internet-connected TV children’s service is said to bring the best content from CBBC and CBeebies allowing families and children to discover a range of entertaining and educational shows and films. The BBC says that the children’s experience has been designed to give confidence to parents and carers that kids are watching suitable shows – with content curated from across CBeebies, CBBC and other suitable BBC programmes and brands.

When selecting who’s watching iPlayer, children can click on a monster-shaped ‘children’ button, which opens a selection of viewing including shows such as Hey Duggee and Bing to David Walliams classics such as The Boy in the Dress, Gangsta Granny and Mr Stink – which return to iPlayer. Dedicated child-friendly categories include Trending, Drama, Funny and Cartoons.

“Keeping children informed, educated and entertained at home during these unprecedented times is going to be even more important than ever,” said Alice Webb, director of BBC Children’s and Education. “Whether it’s being a number detective with the Numberblocks, going on a global adventure with Go Jetters, or learning about the planet’s deadliest animals with Deadly 60 – this new experience gives children of all ages a place to go to do that. We can’t promise solving the sibling tiffs over what to watch – but we can make it even easier to bring families and kids an incredible choice of shows and films on iPlayer. Children and parents can be assured the BBC will be for them during these challenging times.”