YouTube has announced that it is to launch a process which will enable parents to monitor their child’s YouTube activity via a connected experience. For good or for bad it has become an essential platform for most children arguably even more than television. As a result the ever popular platform has launched YouTube Kids, this is a dedicated platform for youngsters that runs operates separately from the main app and doesn’t facilitate links to all YouTube content.
This is all well and good but in the near future older children will be keen to move on and that can put parents in a difficult position as you need to keep tabs on what is being watched, while also giving them more privacy and independence. Well never fear YouTube have this covered, as explained by YouTube below:
“Over the last year, we’ve worked with parents and experts across the globe in areas related to child safety, child development, and digital literacy to develop a solution for parents of tweens and teens. In the coming months, we’ll launch a new experience in beta for parents to allow their children to access YouTube through a supervised Google Account. This supervised experience will come with content settings and limited features. We’ll start with an early beta for families with kids under the age of consent to test and provide feedback, as we continue to expand and improve the experience.”
Through this new option, parents will be able to choose from three levels of supervision for their child’s activity:
Explore – For children ready to move on from YouTube Kids and explore content on YouTube, this setting will feature a broad range of videos generally suitable for viewers ages 9+, including vlogs, tutorials, gaming videos, music clips, news, educational content and more.
Explore More – With content generally suitable for viewers ages 13+, this setting will include an even larger set of videos, and also live streams in the same categories as “Explore.”
Most of YouTube – This setting will contain almost all videos on YouTube, except for age-restricted content, and it includes sensitive topics that may only be appropriate for older teens.
This has been a welcome addition for the YouTube family particularly as children around the world have been unable to attend school, the update will be released over the coming months so keep and eye out!