YouTube Kids was designed as a safe place for kids, where the videos available were supposed to be filtered and reviewed to make sure that they are safe for children. However recently this has not been the case as disturbing content has made it past YouTube’s filters and algorithms to the dismay of parents.
YouTube has made several changes to combat this recently, like relying more on human curation and review versus algorithms, and YouTube is not done yet. The company has announced that they will be introducing more parental controls to YouTube Kids so it can give parents more control over the content that their kids can and cannot watch.
YouTube says, “Parents know better than anyone what they want their children to watch. For those parents who want even more control over the videos and channels in the YouTube Kids app, we’re rolling out a feature later this year that will allow parents to specifically handpick every video and channel available to their child in the app.”
There will also be a launch of “Collections” by YouTube’s trusted partners. These are channels with content that has been expressly reviewed and allowed by YouTube. There are also changes to the “search-off” feature where turning search off will limit kids to channels verified by the YouTube Kids team, and will not include broader recommendations.
It should be much more kid-friendly with these new changes.