Google brings new tools to manage content in YouTube Kids app

Joanna Estrada
September 14, 2018

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. Android users around the world can handpick every video or channel their child is allowed to view through the YouTube Kids app (this ability is forthcoming soon to users on iOS devices). It's now limited to Android, but will arrive on iOS some time "soon", YouTube said.

Now, with a single settings change - simply click "approved content only" on each child's profile - parents can make sure their children only watch the content that they've manually selected.

The "approved content only" setting disables the app's search function, as well.

In late November, the company introduced new steps for protecting kids from disturbing content, including a tougher application of community guidelines and blocking inappropriate comments on videos featuring minors. As a matter fact, two updates have been launched today, which bring parent-approved content and a new YouTube experience for older kids. The Older profile is aimed at 8-12 year old kids that will allow for access to additional content including music and gaming videos.

Turned on from an existing Profile page, the Older version has more access to popular music videos and video games. The rollout of the new whitelisting feature on Thursday lets parents have more direct control over what their kids see on the app. YouTube first said it'd be rolling out the feature in April.

Of course, the new whitelisting feature and tween experience won't be flawless, YouTube said.

"We work hard to make videos in the app family friendly, but no system is flawless", the company said in a release. "If this happens, we ask that parents block and flag the video for review by our team". "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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