YouTube has announced the new “Supervised Experiences” that will allow parents to have more control over what content your children can watch.
Everyone’s parenting style is different, and every child reaches developmental stages at a different time.
Parents will therefore be able to choose from three different content settings, that filter fewer videos in each stage, for different age groups.
The first is the standard “Explore” followed by “Explore more”.
When parents are ready they will be able to select “Most of Youtube” to allow their kids to find vlogs, gaming videos, and more age-related content.
- Explore: When your child is ready to move on from YouTube Kids and explore some more content on YouTube. This setting is generally suitable for viewers ages 9+, including vlogs, tutorials, gaming videos, music clips, news, educational content, and more.
- Explore More: Here content will generally be suitable for viewers aged 13+. This setting will allow a 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.
Essentially, your child’s experience will look the same as for regular YouTube users — but the pages they can view, the features they can use, and the things they see will be adjusted accordingly.
Watch how to set up the supervised experience for your child on YouTube below.
The system isn’t perfect and it is still advised to monitor your children if you are worried about what they might see.
- Youtube wants to allow “shared experiences” which allows parents to have more control over what kind of content their kids can watch.
- The kids’ app will have ‘Explore’, ‘Explore more’, and ‘Most of Youtube’ restriction options available for parents to choose from.
- Parents will still want to keep an eye on Youtube as they can not filter all videos perfectly for age groups.
You can read this information in full on the official YouTube blog here.
With these new filters, YouTube hopes to help parents whose children are ready to move out of the YouTube Kids app.
This will allow parents to gradually introduce their children to more age-appropriate content without giving them full access to the entire website.
You might also like to read our Parental Control App Reviews here