YouTube recently announced a series of changes aimed at making it easier for parents to protect their kids as they peruse videos on the Google-owned site.
YouTube announced it is offering a wide range of channels that are approved by humans, not algorithms as kid-friendly, making it easier for parents to limit their kids’ viewing to just those channels, while still offering a large number of videos that can be viewed.
The search results is often where kids can get into trouble. They may be searching for something innocent that their parents would have no problem with them watching, but stumble on to something mom and dad would rather not have them see. YouTube says it’s rolling out a solution to that problem.
“Parents have always been able to turn search off within the YouTube Kids app, but starting this week turning search off will limit the YouTube Kids experience to channels that have been verified by the YouTube Kids team,” YouTube said. “This means that search off will not include recommendations from the broader YouTube Kids corpus.
The company also said it will soon allow for viewing of only videos from creators approved in advance.
“Parents know better than anyone what they want their children to watch,” the company said. “For those parents who want even more control over the videos and channels in the YouTube Kids app, we’re rolling out a feature later this year that will allow parents to specifically handpick every video and channel available to their child in the app.
“While no system is perfect, we continue to fine-tune, rigorously test and improve our filters for this more open version of our app,” the company said. “And, as always, we encourage parents to block and flag videos for review that they don’t think should be in the YouTube Kids app. This makes YouTube Kids better for everyone.”