YouTube lets parents handpick videos their kids can see

YouTube Kids

YouTube Kids

Parents don't have to worry about levels when setting up new younger children on YouTube Kids with the Younger Kids option the default for new profiles.

Whatever you choose, we're glad to see YouTube listening to parents and giving them more control over the content their kids are viewing. 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).

The new tools are available in the Android app for US users from today and will be coming to other regions and iOS in the near future. Once that option is selected, parents can then hit the '+' button next to any channel, video or collection of channels presented by YouTube kids. Now, that whitelisting feature has finally arrived. To enable it just open settings, go to your child's profile, and under "content level" select "older". In a new update, YouTube is having the YouTube Kids app grow up right alongside your kid with the introduction of a new "Older" version inside of the app, aimed at kids age 8 to 12. However, after enabling this, note that a child will not be able to search for content on their own. The Older Kids mode is only heading to the U.S. initially, however will roll out globally eventually.


"We work hard to make videos in the app family friendly, but no system is ideal", the company said in a release.

Back in April, Google announced that it was readying new features for the YouTube kids app to give parents greater control over the content their children are able to access. "If this happens, we ask that parents block and flag the video for review by our team".

YouTube Kids now lets parents whitelist videos and channels. "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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