Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
Industry | By Terrell Bush

YouTube lets parents handpick videos their kids can see

YouTube lets parents handpick videos their kids can see

Controlling what your kid can and can't watch on YouTube Kids is about to get a lot easier. According to Google, some of these improvements will be available Android starting today and will arrive on iOS later on.

To enable the feature, open YouTube's settings, go to the child's profile and choose "approved content only". You can then start selecting videos or channels you want your kids to have access to by tapping the "+" button.

The "approved content only" setting disables the app's search function, as well. Interestingly, a report from April had speculated that these whitelisting capabilities would soon be rolled out on the YouTube Kids app.

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Meanwhile, YouTube also updated its "older" mode designed for 8- to 12-year-olds with new content such as popular music and gaming videos, nature and wildlife content, cartoons, and more. YouTube Kids defaults to the "Younger" version, which includes sing-alongs and age-appropriate educational videos, but parents can select the "Older" version when they're setting up a new profile or updating an existing one. Parents can change between "younger", "older", and "approved content only" at any time.

Of course, the new whitelisting feature and tween experience won't be flawless, YouTube said. The ability to carefully select every channel and video available on the account is now going live, as well as a new experience for "Older" kids. Should you come across a video that you think is inappropriate for the Younger and Older versions, you can flag it to be reviewed by the YouTube team.

These features definitely make us more inclined to allow our kids back on the app, as like many parents out there, we've been limiting their use of it, as well as their main YouTube app. "As we continue to receive feedback from parents and turn that feedback into improvements to the YouTube Kids app, we hope that all families and kids can create the experience they want!"

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