YouTube now lets parents decide exactly what kids can watch

Geared towards older children parents can now let their kids view popular music and gaming videos via the You Tube Kids app

Android users around the world can handpick every video or channel their child is allowed to view through the YouTube Kids app (this ability is forthcoming soon to users on iOS devices).

Whatever you choose, we're glad to see YouTube listening to parents and giving them more control over the content their kids are viewing.

YouTube is a massive platform when it comes to kids, but with a lot of unsavoury content on there parents have been turning to YouTube Kids as a safer alternative to the full stream of YouTube. From here, browse to the child's profile and select "approved content only". You can then start selecting videos or channels you want your kids to have access to by tapping the "+" button. Interestingly, a report from April had speculated that these whitelisting capabilities would soon be rolled out on the YouTube Kids app. Kids won't be able to search for content if this mode is enabled.

YouTube also launched a new experience for kids ages 8 to 12 that includes additional content like popular music and gaming videos.

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Kids grow up. It's what they do. Parents can change between "younger", "older", and "approved content only" at any time.

Google previously announced age-specific profiles for YouTube Kids users, but until now there was no way for parents to directly approve and manage available content.

Of course, the new whitelisting feature and tween experience won't be flawless, YouTube said. The Older Kids mode is only heading to the United States initially, however will roll out globally eventually.

"We work hard to make videos in the app family friendly, but no system is ideal", YouTube Kids Product Director James Beser wrote in a blog post. "It's always possible that a parent may find something they don't want their child to watch in the "Younger" or "Older" experiences". Should you come across a video that you think is inappropriate for the Younger and Older versions, you can flag it to be reviewed by the YouTube team.

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