YouTube Kids today announced three new features that give parents even more control over the content available in the YouTube Kids app.
The new features include ‘Collections’ that will allow parents to choose only the channel collection and subjects they want their kids to view, ‘Parent Approved Content’ that empowers parents to handpick every video and channel available to their child in the app and an improved ‘Search-off’ control for an even more contained experience.
Speaking about the announcement, James Beser, Product Director for YouTube Kids, said; “When we launched the YouTube Kids app three years ago, our goal was to give kids around the world a place to access videos that were enriching, engaging and allowed them to explore their endless interests. Since then, our team has continued to work to improve the app experience for kids and families around the world. One area of focus for us has been to build new features that give parents even more control around the content available in the YouTube Kids app so they can make the right choice for their unique family and for each child within their family.”
Here are the upcoming updates on the YouTube Kids App:
- Collections by trusted partners and YouTube Kids: Starting this week, YouTube Kids team and their partners will offer collections of trusted channels on a variety of subjects from arts & crafts and music to sports, learning, and so much more. This will make it easy for parents to select only the channel collections and topics they want their kids to access. Parent will just have to go into Profile Settings and select from available collections such as Sesame Workshop and PBS KIDS. YouTube Kids team will continue to add more partners over time.
- Parent approved content: Parents know better than anyone what they want their children to watch. For those parents who want even more control over the videos and channels in the YouTube Kids app, a special feature later this year will roll-out, that will allow parents to specifically handpick every video and channel available to their child in the app.
- Improved search-off control for an even more contained experience: 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. This means that search off will not include recommendations from the broader YouTube Kids corpus.
YouTube Kids app sights to give kids around the world a place to access videos that are enriching, engaging and which allows them to explore their endless interests with proper parental guidance and control.
For parents who like the current version of YouTube Kids and want a wider selection of content, it’s still available. While no system is perfect, and YouTube Kids will continue to fine-tune, rigorously test and improve its filters, the new features will allow every family to have the experience they want in the YouTube Kids app.