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YouTube will now let parents choose what their kids can watch

YouTube on Wednesday announced that it is launching a new feature that would let the parents control what their kids see on the platform.

twitter-logoAnkita Chakravarti | February 25, 2021 | Updated 10:41 IST

Highlights

  • YouTube announced that it is launching a new feature that would let the parents control what their kids see on the platform.
  • This feature will help parents expose their children to age-related content.
  • Initially, it will be available to the beta testers and will be rolled out for a wider audience in the coming months.

YouTube on Wednesday announced that it is launching a new feature that would let the parents control what their kids see on the platform. This feature will help parents expose their children to age-related content only and keep them away from inappropriate videos. The feature will be available in the main YouTube app and not the Kids app. Initially, it will be available to the beta testers and will be rolled out for a wider audience in the coming months.

YouTube has said in a blog post that it will launch the supervision feature in beta for parents to allow their children to access YouTube through a supervised Google Account. "This supervised experience will come with content settings and limited features. We'll start with an early beta for families with kids under the age of consent to test and provide feedback, as we continue to expand and improve the experience," the blog said.

YouTube will provide three different content settings to choose from. The settings include Explore, Explore More, and Most of YouTube. The Explore setting is for kids who are too old for YouTube Kids. Enabling this feature would allow kids to view a broad range of videos generally suitable for kids ages 9+, including vlogs, tutorials, gaming videos, music clips, news, educational content, and more.

In the Explore More setting, viewers will be able to watch a larger set of videos, and also live streams in the same categories as "Explore." This setting is suitable for children who are above the age of 13. The third setting is called Most of YouTube, this setting will contain almost all videos on YouTube, except for age-restricted content, and it includes sensitive topics that may only be appropriate for older teens.

"When a parent grants access to YouTube, their child's experience will feel much like regular YouTube, but certain features will be disabled to protect younger audiences. For example, we won't serve personalized ads or ads in certain categories. At launch, we'll also disable in-app purchases, as well as creation and comments features. Since self-expression and community are integral parts of YouTube and children's development, over time we'll work with parents and experts to add some of these features through an age-appropriate and parent-controlled approach," YouTube blog said.

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