YouTube Kids Gives Parents Even More Control Over What Their Kids Watch

YouTube Kids Gives Parents Even More Control Over What Their Kids Watch

India tops the list of users flagging as many as 9.3 million unique videos on video streaming platform, YouTube during the October-December 2017 period for inappropriate content.

Parents can select the trusted channels by navigating to Profile Settings and choosing from the available collections.

Photo This video, which appeared on YouTube Kids, was uploaded by a verified account on YouTube called Freak Family and has attracted more than 20 million views. "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. That control extends to the search-off feature where parents can opt to exclude recommendations that haven't been vetted by the YouTube Kids team.

Parents will be given a choice to offer their young children a collection of channels, featuring content from Sesame Street, PBS and Kidzbop, with specific topics of interest like education, homework help, arts and crafts and science.

Jennifer Harris, the mother of a middle schooler, told CNBC that she used to make her son show her every video he wanted to watch on YouTube Kids before it started.




YouTube Kids unveiled on Wednesday new features meant to give parents more control over what their children watch, following an outcry late a year ago over disturbing videos that landed on the app.

In an interview to The Daily Telegraph, Susan Wojcicki, Chief Executive of the Google-owned video-sharing site, said that "bad actors are exploiting" YouTube to "mislead, manipulate, harass or even harm".

"For parents who like the current version of YouTube Kids and want a wider selection of content, it's still available", said James Beser, the app's product director, in a blog post Wednesday. This feature will be going live later this year, so watch out for this one.

The Google team today announced three new features for the popular YouTube Kids app that it says will give parents even more control around the content that can be accessed by the kids-friendly app.

A non-algorithmic, white-listed version of the Kids app has been something that parents have been calling for. But parents have discovered a range of inappropriate videos on the app, highlighting the platform's dependence on automation and a lack of human oversight.

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