Parental Whitelisting Controls Arrive on YouTube Kids App

YouTube Kids Gets Stricter Parental Curation New Mode for Older Kids Rolling Out in the US

This makes YouTube Kids better for everyone.

YouTube Kids rolled out a new feature on Thursday that lets parents handpick the videos and channels their children have access to. On a serious note, parents can enable the "Approved content only" mode, then can add channels and specific videos to a child's watchlist. It's now limited to Android, but will arrive on iOS some time "soon", YouTube said. "Younger" is the default level users have been getting up to now, "Older" is a new level for children aged between 8 and 12, and "Approved content only" enables strict parental curation of everything that can be accessed. One video showed Mickey Mouse in a pool of blood, for example.

Google previously announced age-specific profiles for YouTube Kids users, but until now there was no way for parents to directly approve and manage available content.

If you're observant when selecting that "approved content only" radio button, you'll have noticed that there is now a toggle for Younger and Older Kids. Now, that whitelisting feature has finally arrived.

Geared towards older children, parents can now let their kids view popular music and gaming videos via the YouTube Kids app. If parents deem their kids ready, they can choose this "older" version when setting up a new profile or updating a profile that already exists. The ability to carefully select every channel and video available on the account is now going live, as well as a new experience for "Older" kids.

"We work hard to make videos in the app family friendly, but no system is ideal", the company said in a release. Should you come across a video that you think is inappropriate for the Younger and Older versions, you can flag it to be reviewed by the YouTube team. "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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