You can now set more specific content filters on YouTube to better control what your kids watch. Parents have become increasingly concerned about what their children are exposed to on the app, and YouTube has responded by breaking its filters down into more specific age groups.
The online world provides endless fun and educational content for our children, but it does not come without concerns. Anyone can post videos on YouTube and almost any content can end up on the app. Parents are rightfully worried about what will make its way onto their children's screens.
To set YouTube's content filters, follow the steps below.
According to YouTube, the new content filters cover the following age groups:
- Preschool (ages 4 and under): videos that promote creativity, playfulness, learning, and exploration.
- Younger kids (ages 5-7): songs, cartoons, crafts, and related content
- Older kids (ages 8-12): additional music videos, gaming, science and more grown-up content.
To set the filters using the parental controls:
- Open settings
- Go to your child’s profile
- Select Content Settings
- Choose the age range for your child
Previously, YouTube only had two settings for its age-based content filters. Parents could choose between content filtered for children under age nine (“younger kids”) and children under age thirteen ("older kids").
There is a pretty substantial difference between what might be appropriate for an eight-year-old and what a four-year-old should have access to. Additionally, preschool-aged children can become overstimulated by fast-paced content. This can affect both sleep and behavior. Children under four do best with slow-animation, educational programs like Clifford the Big Red Dog or Daniel Tiger.
In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics takes a firm stance on screen content for little ones. The AAP states that parents ought to be mindful of what their young children view. It needs to be restricted to high-quality programming, and parents should co-view the content.
It can be unclear to parents exactly what high-quality programming refers to, and specific content filters for younger children can help with that.