YouTube's Newest Feature Lets Parents Choose the Experience Kids Get
YouTube's newest setting MyFamily will launch in early beta and give parents more control over what their kids can watch.
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MyFamily will also allow parents to manage watch and search history from their child's account settings. Other controls offered by Google's Family Link can also be used for monitoring YouTube, like screen timers.
the goal of this new feature is to allow the child's experience to feel "much like regular YouTube" but with more protection for younger audiences, according to YouTube's blog. An example of how this feature will protect children is disabling personalized ads or ads in certain categories.
"YouTube is reinventing themselves. Through expert consultation, new features and policies have been developed to address feedback from researchers and child rights advocates regarding child safety, parental controls, and age appropriate content for tweens," said Thiago Tavares, founder and president of SaferNet Brazil. "Parents also have a key role in developing children's digital skills. YouTube's new education resources will strengthen awareness and help build a safer and better internet for families."
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To help parents continue guiding and supporting their kid's experience on YouTube, they've developed a guide in partnership with National PTA, Parent Zone, and Be Internet Awesome called Exploring YouTube Confidently. You can access that guide here.