Saturday, 22 September, 2018

YouTube Kids Amplifies Parental Controls, Including Ability To Whitelist All Videos, Channels

YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki
Theresa Hayes | 26 April, 2018, 09:28

When search is off, that means recommendations will not include those videos available in the broad YouTube Kids realm. "One area of focus has been building new features that give parents even more control around the content available in the YouTube Kids app so they can make the right choice for their unique family and for each child within their family", the statement read.

After a string of headlines about inappropriate videos slipping through the cracks on the YouTube Kids app, the Google-owned network has a workaround - curated content.

YouTube removed almost 8.3 million videos from its platform between October and December 2017 as they violated its content policy.

YouTube also stated that they do receive human flagged videos in addition to the algorithm marked videos.

For existing users to get the new tools, go to the IOS and Android app stores to update the app and go to settings for the update.

YouTube will given parents even more control over what their kids can watch on the YouTube kids app later this year, as Beser wrote that YouTube will roll out an option that will allow parent to pick the individual videos they want their kids to be able to see on the app. This makes it easier for parents to choose collections based on the topics they want their kids to access on the app.

New features in the YouTube Kids app. YouTube Kids had previously relied primarily on parents to report troubling videos, a practice that was criticized because children are often the only ones watching the content on tablets or phones. "The majority of these 8 million videos were mostly spam or people attempting to upload adult content - and represent a fraction of a percent of YouTube's total views during this time period", the post reads. This feature is slated to become available later this year. 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". YouTube Kids is supposed to pull only child-friendly content from the larger YouTube site, but the automatic vetting process reportedly wasn't always up to the task.