YouTube Kids is a genius concept: your children get to watch kid-friendly videos on the popular media app, without the worry of encountering all those things you would want to keep them away from, such as nudity, profanity and violence.
The only problem? No two families are alike when it comes to what they consider age appropriate. Additionally, many people have encountered some “glitches” with the app, finding their young children watching content they may not approve of. Well, YouTube believes they have come up with a solution to the problem, announcing the addition of some new and approved parental controls as well as a new and super exciting experience for older kids.
Parents will now be able to handpick every video and channel their child can watch. To enable the feature, all you need to do is open settings, go the child’s profile and select “approved content only.” Then you are free to start picking videos, channels or collection of channels appropriate for your kid by simply tapping the “+” button. Just know that if you enable this mode, your child won’t be able to search for content on their own.
The next new offering is exciting for children who have been growing up with YouTube Kids but are sadly starting to grow out of it. The newly launched experience is geared toward older kids, 8-12 and will include additional content like popular music and gaming videos. If you think your kid is mature enough, all you have to do is set up a new profile or update your existing one and select the “Older” version. This option is currently being rolled out in the United States with plans of expanding globally in the near future.
Of course every parent has a different definition of appropriate, so if you happen to encounter content that you don’t find suitable for your child (or their age group for that matter!) you are free block and flag the questionable video and will be reviewed by the YouTube Kids team.
While it’s nearly impossible to make everyone happy, YouTube Kids is clearly adapting their programming according to parental feedback, which is totally awesome.