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YouTube adds more rigorous parental controls to its Kids app

The company is offering curated collections, parent-approved content and a safer suggestion engine.
Rob LeFebvre, @roblef
April 25, 2018
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Google and YouTube have been struggling with how to let kids watch videos without also exposing them to inappropriate content. Even the YouTube Kids app has suggested not-for-kids conspiracy theory videos. In response, the video platform started looking at handpicking content for its app earlier this month. Now the company is making changes to YouTube Kids to help keep the little ones a little safer, including curated collections, parent-approved content and an improved ability to turn off search in the app.

Setting your child's app up this way will make sure they only see content from places like Sesame Workshop and PBS Kids. YouTube Kids will also make sure that when you turn search off in the app, it will only suggest videos from channels that have been verified by the internal team. Later this year, you'll be able to specifically handpick every video and channel for their kids to watch. Parents can still turn all these options off if they want their kids to be able to access more videos, though Google promises to "fine-tune, rigorously test and improve our filters for this more open version of our app."

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