Parental Whitelisting Controls Arrive on YouTube Kids App

Parents can now manually select what content is delivered to their children via the You Tube Kids app

If you want to ensure your kids are just using YouTube kids, along with deleting the YouTube app off their phone, you can restrict it on Safari. Firstly, YouTube Kids is getting a new parental control feature that will allow users to handpick every video and channel that their child sees on the app. According to Google, some of these improvements will be available Android starting today and will arrive on iOS later on. Then, select "approved content only" and you'll be able to choose what videos your kids can watch. This feature will not allow the child to search for content on their own. Interestingly, a report from April had speculated that these whitelisting capabilities would soon be rolled out on the YouTube Kids app.

We've been fans of the YouTube Kids app, but admittedly when so many questionable videos were making it onto their little eyeballs, we were waiting for them to make some updates to give parents more control over what their kids were seeing.

The ability to whitelist a channel or video is a welcome one, and apparently a much requested feature for parents. This is the second addition to the app, which is aimed at kids 8-12 years old, allowing them to expand their viewing habits while remaining "safe".

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Turned on from an existing Profile page, the Older version has more access to popular music videos and video games. The Older Kids mode is only heading to the United States initially, however will roll out globally eventually. 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.

Parents don't have to worry about levels when setting up new younger children on YouTube Kids with the Younger Kids option the default for new profiles. "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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