YouTube Gets New Parental Controls: How to Use Them

YouTube Kids aims to provide a safer space for viewing content, but not all of its videos have been manually watched and reviewed. And while YouTube’s automatic filters leave room for error, the site’s finally giving parents another much needed tool.

Inyesterday (April 25), YouTube announced the Approved Content Only option, which will hide all videos that weren’t hand-approved by the YouTube Kids team. This means you’re not relying on any programmatic technology that nefarious content creators could slip past.

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How does it work?

After setting up an account for your kid, you’ll want to make sure the Search option is disabled. To do so, open the app, tap the Lock button in the lower right corner, correctly answer the numerical prompt, tap the Settings icon and tap on your child’s profile.

Then, turn off the switch next to Allow Searching. Once you’ve done this, you will, according to YouTube, ‘limit the YouTube Kids experience to channels that have been verified by the YouTube Kids team.’