YouTube Kids Gets Stricter Parental Curation, Rolled Out in the US

One of the largest Video sharing platform which is created by Google, YouTube on last Thursday announced some of the new relevant improvements for YouTube Kids, which is the company's own app focusing more on providing video content targeted towards kids and people under below 18 years. Firstly, YouTube Kids is getting a new parental control feature that will allow users to handpick every video and channel that their child sees on the app according to the surveillance. Apart from that, YouTube Kids is getting a new “Older” profile. YouTube also urges parents to block and flag inappropriate content that might have seeped past YouTube Kids' filters.

Following up on stricter regulations that the company put into place in April this year on YouTube Kids, parental controls have been heavily customised according to the people with parents now getting control over each and every video that the child watches on the app. As of now the app is available on the Android starting from 13th of September, and coming soon to iOS as well. To enable this feature, go into Settings on the YouTube Kids app. From here, browse to the child's profile and then need to select the “approved content only”.

Once this process is done, parents can click on the “+” button which will be available on the top right of any video to add it to their curation of videos offering to the minor viewer. This feature will not allow the child to search for content on their own.

“We work hard to make videos in the app family friendly, but no system is perfect. It's always possible that a parent may find something they don't want their child to watch in the “Younger” or “Older” experiences,” said James Beser, Product Director, YouTube Kids, in a blog post. “If this happens, we ask that parents block and flag the video for review by our team. This makes YouTube Kids better for everyone. 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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