The YouTube Kids app is oriented for young children, but parents have long been asked for supervised experience dedicated to teens and teens. What is essentially YouTube for older kids has just been announced and will arrive soon.
[W]Parents and older children have learned that teens have different needs, that our products were not fully satisfying. When children grow up, they have an insatiable curiosity and need to gain independence and find new ways to learn, create and belong.
A new supervised YouTube experience will offer three different content settings with different feature restrictions. In-app purchases, comments, and posts, as well as ads (including custom ads) in certain categories, will be disabled at launch. This may change over time as parental functions and controls evolve.
- Explore: For children willing to switch from YouTube Kids and explore content on YouTube, this setting will include a wide range of videos generally suitable for viewers over the age of 9, including vlogs, tutorials, game videos, music clips, news, educational content, and far more .
- Explore more: With content generally suitable for viewers over the age of 13, this setup will include an even larger set of videos as well as live plays of the same categories as “Explore.”
- Most YouTube: This setting will contain almost all YouTube videos except age-restricted content, and includes sensitive topics that may only be suitable for older teens.
User input, machine learning, and human review are used to determine which videos appear. Parents can also manage view and search history from their child’s account settings, while content blocking will come in the future.
Supervised YouTube for older kids and teens will be released in beta over the next few months. It’s usually aimed at “parents who think their kids are ready to explore the vast universe of YouTube videos.” The company that owns Google has reaffirmed its commitment to the independent experience of YouTube Kids and still recommends it to younger children.
We’ll start with an early beta so families with children under the age of consent can test and provide suggestions as we continue to expand and improve the experience.
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