Google brings new tools to manage content in YouTube Kids app

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Parents can also include playlists curated by trusted partners, such as PBS Kids, Sesame Street, and humans on the YouTube Kids team (not an algorithm!). On a serious note, parents can enable the "Approved content only" mode, then can add channels and specific videos to a child's watchlist.

The new tools are available in the Android app for United States users from today and will be coming to other regions and iOS in the near future. To make things much easier, you can choose entire channels, collections or videos belonging to a certain creator by tapping the "+" button. "Younger" is the default level users have been getting up to now, "Older" is a new level for children aged between 8 and 12, and "Approved content only" enables strict parental curation of everything that can be accessed.

In late November, the company introduced new steps for protecting kids from disturbing content, including a tougher application of community guidelines and blocking inappropriate comments on videos featuring minors.

New features and improvements have just been announced for the YouTube Kids app.

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We've been fans of the YouTube Kids app, but admittedly when so many questionable videos were making it onto their little eyeballs, we were waiting for them to make some updates to give parents more control over what their kids were seeing. Now, that whitelisting feature has finally arrived.

Turned on from an existing Profile page, the Older version has more access to popular music videos and video games. Parents can change between "younger", "older", and "approved content only" at any time.

Furthermore, YouTube Kids is getting the new "Older" profile in the USA, with plans to expand globally.

"We work hard to make videos in the app family friendly, but no system is flawless", the company said in a release. "It's always possible that a parent may find something they don't want their child to watch in the "Younger" or "Older" experiences".

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