YouTube Kids to Give Parents More Control
YouTube has updates in store for its YouTube Kids service that will provide parents with more granular control over what their children can find and watch. Beginning immediately, Google's partners will cull together "collections of trusted channels" that range across topics such as music, sports, and arts and crafts so parents can pick and choose which their children are allowed to watch. This tool is located in the Profile Settings, where parents can toggle access to collections from Sesame Workshop, PBS Kids, and more. Also starting this week, YouTube will give parents more power over the search function. Turning off the search function will limit the YouTube Kids app to only those channels and programs that have been verified by the YouTube Kids team. When search is set to off, it will not include recommendations from the broader selection of the YouTube Kids app. Later this year, parents will be able to take even more direct control over content. A new feature called parent-approved content will let parents "specifically handpick every video and channel" their kids are allowed to watch. This feature will be added in the months ahead. YouTube said the current version of YouTube Kids will remain available to those parents who are comfortable with its design and feature set. YouTube Kids is free to download from the Google Play Store.
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