Monday, 19 November, 2018

What you need to know about the new YouTube Kids parental controls

Geared towards older children parents can now let their kids view popular music and gaming videos via the You Tube Kids app Geared towards older children parents can now let their kids view popular music and gaming videos via the You Tube Kids
Katie Ramirez | 14 September, 2018, 20:36

YouTube is a massive platform when it comes to kids, but with a lot of unsavoury content on there parents have been turning to YouTube Kids as a safer alternative to the full stream of YouTube.

Additionally, YouTube is also rolling out the ability for parents to handpick every single video and channel a child can access through YouTube Kids, which is great for the parent, but could easily been seen misconstrued as fascism to a young child.

The new tools are available in the Android app for USA users from today and will be coming to other regions and iOS in the near future.

To enable it, open settings, go to your child's profile, and under "content level" select "approved content only". Once that option is selected, parents can then hit the '+' button next to any channel, video or collection of channels presented by YouTube kids. Interestingly, a report from April had speculated that these whitelisting capabilities would soon be rolled out on the YouTube Kids app. However, after enabling this, note that a child will not be able to search for content on their own.

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In late November, the company introduced new steps for protecting kids from disturbing content, including a tougher application of community guidelines and blocking inappropriate comments on videos featuring minors. "It's always possible that a parent may find something they don't want their child to watch in the "younger" or "older" experiences". If parents deem their kids ready, they can choose this "older" version when setting up a new profile or updating a profile that already exists.

In a blog post today, YouTube announced two updates to their YouTube Kids app to improve user experience for the millions of children and parents who use the app.

Furthermore, YouTube Kids is getting the new "Older" profile in the U.S., with plans to expand globally.

"We work hard to make videos in the app family friendly, but no system is flawless. If this happens, we ask that parents block and flag the video for review by our team".

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