A complete guide to set up parental control on YouTube kids
The Google-owned channel YouTube specially designed an App with the name YouTube kids. The family-friendly app makes it easier for children to discover videos on various topics. And now recently it has added the extraordinary feature as a parental control on YouTube kids. Today We’ll talk about what is YouTube kids? And How to use this feature? YouTube Kids is available on both iOS and Android and can be downloaded from the respective app stores platforms .
WHAT IS ALL ABOUT YOUTUBE KIDS CHANNEL?
YouTube Kids lets children search videos such as Little Krishna, ChuChu TV, and others. The app’s UI consists of large images and easy navigation options to help kids. It also has voice search functionality so children can find videos by spelling their names out.
The company said the idea was to make life easier for parents: hand your kid a tablet or smartphone and don’t worry about them seeing anything kid-inappropriate videos.
“We’ve been trying to keenly listen to the community and make sure parents are in the driver’s seat,” says Malik Ducard, head of content for YouTube Kids. “The core driving factor really is a choice”. Ducard says YouTube plans to roll out more parental controls for the YouTube Kids app, including that ability to include or exclude specific videos and channels.
“PARENTAL CONTROL FEATURE ON YOUTUBE KIDS APP” UPDATE
YouTube also offers some parental control features so that parents can monitor what their kids are watching. The search settings of the app enable parents to specify the content they want the children to explore. But the analysts said at least one kind of objectionable content was still making its way through the filter: ads. So Parents should be aware the app does feature advertisements.
While YouTube hasn’t indicated a specific age range for the app, it does appear to be suitable mainly for children aged 3-8 years old.
However, if you or your child come across any inappropriate content you can flag it in the same was you would on the original YouTube app. For more info on flagging, videos go to
- The app displays larger images and bold icons to make it simple for kids to use. And also offers voice search to find videos even if they can’t spell or type, letting users browse channels and playlists in four categories: Shows, Music, Learning, and Explore.
- Parental setup is required to ensure the best experience possible for your child. The app doesn’t require a sign-in or Google account. Once the app is downloaded, YouTube will ask parents/adults to insert a code to ensure you are an adult, it will then check what settings you would like to use.
- These settings include restricting your child’s experience by turning search off. This means your child can’t search for content, which reduces the chances that they will encounter a video you don’t want them to watch.
HOW CAN YOU SET UP PARENTAL CONTROL ON YOUTUBE KIDS?
You can access parental controls and other settings at any time by go along following these steps:
- Tap the lock icon in the bottom corner of any page in the app.
- Read and enter the numbers that appear or enter your custom passcode.
- Select Settings .
These settings can be easily updated once the app is live
Once set-up, users can view videos via four categories on the homepage (Shows, Music, Learning, and Explore). When the account has been active for a certain period of time users will also be given recommendations on what to watch based on previously viewed content.
There is also a search option similar to YouTube, however, if users insert any inappropriate terms the app will simply suggest they try searching for something else.
HOW TO BLOCK VIDEOS?
For this you need to go with following steps:
- Block videos using the 3 dot menu next to any video or channel
- To sign in you will be asked to send yourself a parental consent email.
And the best part is that because you’re logged in, the videos and channels you block in YouTube Kids will remain consistent across all your devices. And as a parent, if you change your mind, you can unblock all restricted videos or channels at once. It’s that easy!
PARENTAL CONTROL FEATURES OF THE YOUTUBE KIDS APP:
LEARN FROM STARTING “HOW THE APP WORKS?”:
When parents open YouTube Kids, It explains on front page how the systems choose and recommend content and how to flag videos. YouTube kids also prompt you to make a choice about 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.
Let the app be the bad guy with a built-in timer that lets you limit kids’ screen time. The app alerts your child when the session is over, so you don’t have to. For more info on the timer function go to support.google.com/youtubekids/
It has the option to turn off the background music and sound effects, so the kids can keep using it while their parents do the rest or busy in any important work.
PASSCODE AND RESTRICTING CERTAIN CONTENT:
YOUTUBE KIDS ON THE BIG SCREEN:
It allows users to watch YouTube Kids with family on a big screen using Chromecast, Apple TV, game consoles or a smart TV.
When you first open the app, you can select from three general age groups (preschool, school age or all kids) making the initial home screen reflect videos that may interest children in that age range.
Presently, this update will be available in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, Colombia, Mexico, Chile, Peru, Brazil, Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa, Ghana, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Malaysia, Philippines, India, and Singapore. Many top Indian YouTube kids and learning creators will be adding new shows exclusive to the app along with plans to get new guest-curated playlists from educators, celebrities, trusted names and other parents in the coming weeks.
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