Last year Google gave parents power to block unsuitable content in YouTube Kids. This time around, the tech giant is going a step further by adding more parental control features to the app.
Google said its latest feature is based on rapport it had with parents who felt they needed more control over the kind of content their children get access to. Parents, according to YouTube, can now block or flag off any content that they are uncomfortable with. With more than 70 billion views and more than 11 million weekly active viewers in 37 countries, at no time does YouTube Kids require more parental controls than now.
“After talking to parents all over, we know that kids who love the YouTube Kids app are getting older and want a platform that’ll grow with them,” Google said.
It’s not all about parental control, other features were added in the latest update to hit the app. You can now customize your kid’s profile in the app. You can now create separate profiles for all your kids.
Other updates include:
- App design tailored to your kid’s age: When you enter a date of birth on the kid profile, YouTube Kids changes the way the app looks. Younger kids will get less text, while older kids will get more content on the home screens.
- A new setup process: The new app parent setup process will give you detailed information to help you make the right choices for your family before your kids use the app.
- Passcode for kids: Kids can set a secret passcode to get into their profile (and keep their brother or sister out). You can however, override their passcode.
The new YouTube Kids profiles are available in the following markets:
Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Ghana, India, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Malaysia, Mexico, Nepal, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Uganda, United States, Zimbabwe.
Google all along has been working with parents to improve the app and make it safe for all kids. Last year for instance, YouTube Kids Senior Software Engineer Balaji Srinivasan said the company was getting feedback from parents on how to make the app safe.
Srinivasan in a statement announcing the feature that gave more powers to parents to block unsuitable content said:
“Along the way, we’ve also received helpful feedback from parents on how we can make the app even better. Parents have told us they want more control over how their kids watch content in the YouTube Kids app. Today, we’re rolling out a new feature that continues to put parents in the driver’s seat so they can decide what content is right for their family.”
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