Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
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YouTube lets parents handpick videos their kids can see

YouTube lets parents handpick videos their kids can see

YouTube Kids rolled out a new feature on Thursday that lets parents handpick the videos and channels their children have access to. If you want to ensure your kids are just using YouTube kids, along with deleting the YouTube app off their phone, you can restrict it on Safari. Then, select "approved content only" and you'll be able to choose what videos your kids can watch. From there, you can browse content and press the "+" button to approve any video, channel, or collection of channels you're okay with. This feature will not allow the child to search for content on their own.

YouTube Kids has faced criticism since November, when The New York Times reported that inappropriate clips weren't getting caught by the app's filters.

Of course, the new whitelisting feature and tween experience won't be ideal, YouTube said. It's launched a new feature for kids aged 8 to 12 that lets parents select an "Older" setting that opens up age-appropriate content geared towards their interests: music videos and video game content, for example.

These changes are rolling out right now to the YouTube Kids app on Google Play.

We've been fans of the YouTube Kids app, but admittedly when so many questionable videos were making it onto their little eyeballs, we were waiting for them to make some updates to give parents more control over what their kids were seeing.

Parents can also swap between "Younger", "Older" and parent-approved content whenever they want.

The "Older Kids" mode expands the video content they can now view to include popular music and gaming videos, and more. 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.

"We work hard to make videos in the app family friendly, but no system is flawless", YouTube Kids Product Director James Beser wrote in a blog post. "If this happens, we ask that parents block and flag the video for review by our team".

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