YouTube Kids has always been a useful resource to use as it filters out a lot of the inappropriate content that can be found when searching YouTube. However, they are currently improving the service to include more parental controls.
New parental controls
Over the course of the next year, YouTube will be introducing three new parental control options in YouTube Kids:
- Collections by trusted partners and YouTube Kids (introduced this week)
This will allow parents to select the channels, collections of videos and topics they want their kids to access.
To do this: go into Profile Settings, and select from available collections such as Sesame Workshop and PBS KIDS. YouTube have said that they will continue to add more partners to the available collections list over time.
- Parent approved content (coming soon)
This feature will allow parents to specifically handpick every video and channel available to their child in the app. This means that their children will not be able to see any content other than that which is handpicked by the parent or carer.
- Improved search-off control (starting this week)
Starting this week turning the ‘search function’ 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 community.
Although YouTube Kids can be helpful, remember that no parental controls are perfect and that you may need to take some additional steps to ensure that your child is staying safe online. Some steps you can take are:
- Have a conversation about what they enjoy watching
Why not ask your child about the YouTube channels and videos they enjoy watching. By maintaining an open dialogue with your child and encouraging them to talk to you about their internet use, parents can help children access the amazing resources the internet has to offer whilst keeping them safe online.
- Decide together what they are going to watch
Help your child to make decision about the type of content they are going to watch next, this way it is more of a discussion between you both rather than it seeming like a purely parental decision. This can help your child to see why certain content may be more suitable for them, and help shape their future choices.
- Create a Family Agreement
A family agreement is a great way to start a conversation with your whole family about how you all use the internet and discuss together how to behave in a positive way when online at home, at school or at a friend’s house.
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