Does your child watch YouTube Kids? Do you worry how easy it is for them to start watching other content that you are not entirely happy about? YouTube have just announced new parental controls for YouTube Kids. Here’s How To Set Up YouTube Kids Parent Controls:
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One of the most highly requested parental controls has finally arrived on YouTube Kids, and it allows parents to handpick every video and channel available to their child in the app. It is available today globally on Android and coming soon to iOS.
How to Set Up YouTube Kids Parental Controls
- Open settings.
- Go to your child’s profile.
- Select “approved content only.” Then you can start picking videos and channels for your kids. When you have this mode set up, kids are not able to search for content on their own.
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YouTube Kids Older Setting Now For 8-12 year olds
YouTube has also launched a new “Older” feature for tweens with new content like popular music and gaming videos.
If you think your child is ready, you can pick the “Older” version when setting up a new profile or updating an existing profile.
The “Younger” version is the default content experience and will continue to have a wide selection of sing-alongs and age-appropriate learning videos.
Parents can change between “Younger,” “Older” and parent-approved content at any time.
YouTube will roll out the new “Older” version in the U.S. with plans to expand globally shortly.
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YouTube Asks Parents to Still be Vigilant
In announcing the features, YouTube reiterated its call for parents to help report any videos they find unacceptable.
“We work hard to make videos in the app family friendly, but no system is perfect,” says James Beser, product director for YouTube Kids. “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 this happens, we ask that parents block and flag the video for review by our team.”
Over to you now. Have you tried out these new YouTube Kids Parental controls? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below.