YouTube may oftentimes end up in the news for a lot of censorship and shady administrative practices aimed at curtailing certain kinds of viewpoints or politics on their platform, but for once the news is about putting content control in the hands of the user instead of taking it away.
Parents are being encouraged to make use of YouTube’s new parental control for the YouTube Kids features. This was revealed in a recent blog post over on the YouTube Google blog. They explain that parents now have the ability to utilize a set timer that can automatically shut off the YouTube app on mobile devices, thus limiting the amount of time your kids may spend watching content on YouTube.
There’s also the new channel and video block feature, so even content aimed at kids that you may not want little Timmy or tiny Jessica to watch, you can block that content from their feeds with the simply press of a button. This also can apply across all the devices that your account is used on, so whether your kids are watching content on a mobile phone, tablet or a desktop PC, you can control what sort of media they’re consuming no matter where they are.
The update is being made available in the following starting regions…
“United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, Colombia, Mexico, Chile, Peru, Brazil, Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa, Ghana, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Malaysia, Philippines, India, and Singapore.”
According to YouTube Kids senior software engineer, Balaji Srinivasan, they’ve also added in a new age group selection option that allows you to organize and categorize content that your kids have access to based on three different age groups: preschool, school age and all kids. So if you only want your toddlers and preschoolers watching certain kinds of content, you can do that. If you want your kindergarten and middle-schoolers only watching certain kinds of content, you can do that too. And, of course, there’s an option to allow access to content for all the kids.
The YouTude Kids feature is pretty good for discerning parents, but it’s a shame that YouTube/Google have all those other dirty policies and politics governing how other users consume content on YouTube.