YouTube Kids gets new parental-control features

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YouTube is launching another tool later this year that will let parents choose every video or channel their kid can see in the app.

In order to meet US child privacy rules, Google says it bans kids under 13 from using its core video service. In addition to the comments, some YouTubers were posting disturbing and sometimes violent videos with keywords targeting kids. "This means that search off will not include recommendations from the broader YouTube Kids corpus", YouTube said.

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". This will ensure parents know exactly what their kids can and cannot watch. Already, parent parents have always been able to turn search off within the YouTube Kids app, "but starting this week turning search off will limit the YouTube Kids experience to channels that have been verified by the YouTube Kids team".

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"Even though YouTube's terms of service say [the site] is for ages 13 and up", says Golin, "the platform is loaded with cartoons, nursery rhyme videos, toy commercials and all sorts of content for young children". The first one is "Collections by trusted partners and YouTube Kids", where the app will start offering collections of videos from trusted channels on a number of subjects ranging from arts and crafts, sports and learning, to music and more. "While no system is flawless, we continue to fine-tune, rigorously test and improve our filters for this more open version of our app". It was once updated with Chromecast support and custom passcode, better parental controls, YouTube Red integration, more original content for the family audience, kids profiles, and a new algorithm.

New features in the YouTube Kids app. As part of that initiative, the company laid out three new safety features that it will roll out to the YouTube Kids app over the current year. "It's been shown time and time again", says Bolin "that inappropriate content is recommended to kids because those videos aren't reviewed by an actual human being". 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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