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  • YouTube Kids Now Lets YOU Choose Every Video Your Kid Will Watch

    YouTube's parental control feature offers peace of mind for every mom and dad out there.
    by Kitty Elicay .
YouTube Kids Now Lets YOU Choose Every Video Your Kid Will Watch
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  • We will never tire of reminding parents of the appropriate screen time for kids because of its harmful effects. Screen dependency disorder exists, and the World Health Organization has already acknowledged internet gaming addiction as a disorder that requires professional treatment.

    But we also acknowledge that screen time is hard to avoid especially for kids age 2 and above. (Best if you follow these reminders!), In fact, regulated screen time can help.

    If you're letting your kids watch videos on their tablet, make sure they have a safe online experience. Streaming services have the option for parents to take control of what their kids watch. If your kids love watching videos from YouTube, make sure it's on its kid-friendly version, YouTube Kids, which recently rolled out two updates that will give parents more peace of mind. (Read all about YouTube Kids here.)

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    YouTube Kids lets you choose what your kids will watch

    YouTube Kids has always been touted as a safer way for kids to explore online videos than the regular streaming service. The new feature called ‘Parent-Approved Content’ gives you more control over what your kids are watching. Making good on the promise YouTube made back in April, you’ll be able to choose EVERY video your kids will watch. (Find some ideas for their viewing list here.)

    How to enable it: From the app, open settings, go to your child’s profile and select “approved content only.” Then start selecting videos, channels, or collections you like by tapping the “+” button. You can also search for a specific creator or video.

    By enabling this feature, your kids cannot search for content on their own. They’ll have to ask mommy or daddy first!

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    A better experience for older kids

    The app store says YouTube Kids is for 4 and older, but Common Sense Media recommends it for kids 7 and older. If you have kids who are above that age range, the app has made sure they can still enjoy the videos (and browse safely!) on the app. It has curated new content, like popular music and gaming videos, with 8- to 12-year-olds in mind.

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    How to enable it: Go to settings and choose a content level for your child. The “Younger” version is the default experience with a wide range of sing-alongs and age-appropriate learning videos. The “Older” setting is when you think your child is ready for a less restricted experience.

    YouTube notes that by switching to the “Older” option, parents may still find a video that they don't want their child to watch. “If this happens, we ask that parents block and flag the video for review by our team,” said YouTube in their blog.

    While these features provide parents with a better sense of security, it’s still best if you closely monitor what your kids are watching from time to time. After all, no app is foolproof!

    Want to know how much screen time your kids are allowed? Click here to read up on the American Academy of Pediatrics’ screen time recommendations.

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