YouTube Kids app introduces new and improved parental controls

December 6, 2016

It's like kids are practically born tech savvy these days, and have the capacity to access lots of content, much of which might not be the most appropriate.

Great news is that YouTube Kids, an app specifically for kids with age-appropriate content, has launched more parental controls, making their online experience "safer", and giving us more peace of mind.

Parents can now flag content they approve of, or block videos or channels. Selections remain consistent across all devices, which means kids can't access that content on your laptop, for example.

Other functions include:

– Choose how broadly you want your child to explore. Turn search on to access millions of family-friendly videos, or turn search off to restrict your child's experience to a more limited set

– Time play: Set the app to limit your kids' screen time, and alert them when the session is over. 

– Customize by age. When you first open the app, you can select from three general age groups (preschool, school age, or all kids) making the initial homescreen reflect videos that will likely interest children in that age range.

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