YouTube is taking some extra steps to give parents more control over what their children watch.
In a blog post on Friday, YouTube announced two updates to their YouTube Kids app to improve user experience for the millions of children and parents who use the app.
The biggest update, which YouTube first introduced in April, is the rollout of parent-approved content. Android users around the world can handpick every video or channel their child is allowed to view through the YouTube Kids app (this ability is forthcoming soon to users on iOS devices).
Now, with a single settings change — simply click “approved content only” on each child’s profile — parents can make sure their children only watch the content that they’ve manually selected.
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!).
The “approved content only” setting disables the app’s search function, as well.
Now that it’s been almost four years since YouTube Kids launched, YouTube is aware that its target audience is getting older. It’s launched a new feature for kids aged 8 to 12 that lets parents select an “Older” setting that opens up age-appropriate content geared towards their interests: music videos and video game content, for instance.