In today’s world, do you find yourself increasingly more worried about the content your children are viewing online? Do you worry about what YouTube videos they are streaming, and what will automatically start playing once their first video has finished? Well, now you can have a little more peace of mind knowing that YouTube Kids just updated their app to make monitoring what content your child watches that much easier!
Through the YouTube Kids app, you’re now able to turn on a setting called “Approved Content Only,” instead of having to constantly monitor if your kid is still on the right channel you originally picked. This new setting allows you to handpick which videos and channels your kid is allowed to watch and blocks all others. All it takes is a click of the “+” button.
On their blog post announcing the updates, they said, “Parents can also search for a specific creator or video. If parents choose to enable this mode, their kids will not be able to search for content on their own.” Meaning your kids won’t be able to accidentally stumble across any videos you don’t think are age appropriate (which is great because everyone has a different definition of what that means).
Unfortunately, as of right now, this handpicking feature is only available globally on Android but they will be releasing it on iOS devices soon.
“If parents think their kids are ready, they can pick this “Older” version when setting up a new profile or updating an existing profile. The “Younger” version is the default content experience and will continue to have a wide selection of sing-alongs and age-appropriate learning videos. Parents can change between “Younger,” “Older” and parent-approved content at any time.”
These updates are a step in the right direction for protecting our kids. As we see our children learn to respect technology and content, we can reign in our control and offer these other options (the “Younger” and “Older” predetermined videos and channels), and then eventually turn them over to full YouTube, knowing we’ve tried our best to teach them what “appropriate content” means.