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YouTube kids get some completely sensitive parental controls



Like AOL Kids before that, the YouTube Kids app did not really seem to live up to its child-friendly potential. Since 2015, to make browser videos "safer and easier for kids," the service has got a good nuisance for both its ads and all the weird things that algorithms can look like the video of a cartoon freak that drinks bleach.

It has led to a lot of controversy for Google, YouTube's owner, so the company promised to address it once a year with more options for parents who may not want the kids to see, says Spider-Man and Elsa from Frozen kiss. (Yes, that's strange.) Today, YouTube Kids Extended Parental Control lives for Android users, and they're coming to iPads and iPhones soon.

Parents can now choose specific videos, channels, or groups of channels they want their children to access. Only the "approved content" feature can be turned on via the "My children" section of the app, under the Content Level setting. This is also completely optional. If you're happy with YouTube's filters or if you want to fine-tune them so they're a bit less restrictive when your kids grow older, you can do it too.

YouTube never guaranteed stupid filters ̵

1; It admitted so much today on its blog and says, "We're working hard to make videos in the family-friendly app, but no system is perfect." YouTube Kids are not perfect, but the service has a better chance of meeting expectations with a simple, clear feature like a whitelist. At least YouTube promised not just to keep popping around with its obscure algorithmic filters.


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