YouTube announced the launch of a new feature that allows tweens – under the age of 13 – to explore the portal with a supervised account. Additionally, adults will be able to select videos and channels from the main platform to include on YouTube Kids.
Over the next few months, a new beta experience will be launched for parents to allow their children to access the portal through supervised Google Accounts. This experience will have exclusive content configuration options and limited features. It will begin with a preliminary version for families to test and send their feedback, in order to develop and improve the experience.
With this new functionality, 3 content configuration options will be available on the site:
1. Explore: This option includes videos that are usually suitable for users over the age of 9, such as vlogs, instructions, video game content, music clips, news and educational content, among other alternatives.
2. Explore more: includes content for users 13 and older, which means access to a larger variety of the same categories as in “Explore” and live broadcasts on those topics.
3. Most of the content of the portal: It includes almost all the videos on the portal, except those with an age restriction. Plus, it contains sensitive topics that are appropriate only for older teens. For this option, a combination of machine learning, user feedback, and manual review will be used to determine the content to include.
“Beyond the new features, it is recommended that parents continue to guide and support the experience of minors on YouTube. To help you get started, a guide was developed in conjunction with the National Parent Teacher Association (PTA), Parent Zone, and Be Great Online. In addition, a campaign will be launched with creators who talk about issues such as bullying and harassment, misinformation, digital well-being and much more ”, they highlight in the official statement.
New features for families
In addition to choosing content configuration options, parents will be able to manage search and playback histories from their children’s account settings. They can also use Family Link controls, such as screen timers, and other parental controls such as content blocking will be added in the future.
When an adult grants access to YouTube, their son or daughter’s experience will be very similar to the traditional one on the platform, but some functions will be disabled in order to protect younger users. For example, no specific category ads or personalized ads will be served. Additionally, when this experience is launched, direct in-app purchases and features for creating channels and posting comments will be disabled.
In addition to this new functionality, it is recommended that the little ones use YouTube Kids to watch content on their own with a more controlled viewing experience. This version is available in more than 80 countries and, every week, more than 35 million users watch content in this app.
“In the long term, these initiatives seek to provide a safer environment for children and tweens to explore their interests, learn new skills, and connect with communities, while providing parents with more ways to support the online experience of their children ”, stand out from the company.