Tech on Tuesday: YouTube Kids Launches New Controls for Parents

YouTube can be a great place for kids to find their favorite music and educational videos, but it can also make finding age-inappropriate videos much easier.

That’s why YouTube launched YouTube Kids three years ago, to make it safer and simpler for children to explore the world through online videos.

YouTube Kids announced two new updates last week that will help make it even easier for parents to make sure the videos their children are watching are safe and appropriate.

YouTube Kids has now launched parent-approved content. This new feature allows parents to handpick every channel and video available to their kid in the app. 

To enable parent-approved content, parents simply open the settings, navigate to the child’s profile and select “approved content only.” From there, parents can select any video, channel or collection of channels to add to as approved content for their kids by tapping the “+” button.

If you decide to enable the “approved content only” feature, your kids will not be able to search for content on their own.

The “approved content only” feature is only available on Android right now, but will be coming to iOS soon.

YouTube Kids is growing up with its users, and launched a new experience geared toward children 9-12 years old. The YouTube Kids “Older” version included additional content, like popular music and gaming videos, not found on the “Younger” version.

The “Younger” version is the default content experience on YouTube Kids.

Parents can change between “Younger,” “Older” and parent approved content at any time.

If you ever come across a video in YouTube Kids you don’t want your child to watch, you’re asked to block and flag the video so it can be reviewed.

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