Google allows age restriction of YouTube Kids content and will launch a web version
Google said on Tuesday it plans to launch a web version of the YouTube Kids app in an effort to protect minors from content posted on the main site, and announced the possibility of identifying the most appropriate content for children by age on the app.
“We created YouTube Kids to be a safer environment for children to explore their interests and curiosity. While we provide parents with the tools to customize their children’s experience, we continue to improve the app based on feedback from parents and experts. ”
“We know that the right content for a 4-year-old is not appropriate for a 10-year-old, so we want to make it easier for parents to choose the right content for their kids on YouTube Kids,” she said.
As of today, parents will be able to choose content for different age groups: pre-school (four years and under) where content is designed to allow children to watch videos that promote creativity, play, learning and exploration.
The second category is the youngest (5-7 years), designed to allow children to explore their interests and search for a wide range of topics, including songs, animations, crafts, and more. The third category, called (Older), will be for children aged 8 to 12 and is designed to allow children to grow independently to search, explore music videos, games, family blogs and science.
Google explained that the search results will be restricted to the age group chosen by the parents, to appear videos prepared specifically for that category. The company pointed out that its systems are working hard to exclude inappropriate content for each of these age groups, and because it is not so easy, Google asks parents who see content inappropriate for the selected category, to ban or report.
Google reported that the current feature, which allows parents to choose (approved content only) continuous, and allows them to restrict the content displayed on videos, channels, and groups approved and selected only manually. In this situation, the child will not be able to search for anything else.
The web version of the YouTube Kids app will be released this week.
The move comes days after YouTube announced that it had updated its child safety policies to now ban all videos that contain “adult or violent topics”, even if they explicitly state that they are intended for minor viewers or families.