The "Parent Approved Content" feature empowers parents to handpick every video and channel available to their child in the app while an improved "Search-off" control ensures more contained experience.
Photo Some content that has slipped past filters on YouTube Kids, which is supposed to contain only child-friendly content, contains well-known characters in disturbing situations. This means that search off will not include recommendations from the broader YouTube Kids corpus. The app is engineered to automatically exclude content that's not appropriate for kids, and recommend videos based on what children have watched before.
While machines are doing a lot of the work in this regard, YouTube has also made a decision to hire about 10,000 people to actually review the videos that are being uploaded on a daily basis.
As part of the update, the team has announced three new features as part of the YouTube Kids app.
Google is updating its YouTube Kids app to improve the control over the videos and channels that can be watched by children.
As Engadget notes, YouTube has been under fire since past year after it was discovered that contents masquerading as videos for children actually contained extremely inappropriate images and topics. These partners will furnish content about arts and crafts, music, sports, learning, and more, YouTube says, enabling parents to rely on renowned content brands.
The first change will give parents the option to limit their kids' YouTube usage to specially-curated channels.
New features in the YouTube Kids app. "And, as always, we encourage parents to block and flag videos for review that they don't think should be in the YouTube Kids app".
Josh Golin, executive director of the Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood, saw the move as broadly positive, but said that more parental controls do not absolve Google of its responsibility to keep inappropriate content out of the YouTube Kids app. 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.
"By the end of the year, we plan to refine our reporting systems and add additional data, including data on comments, the speed of removal, and policy removal reasons." .