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October 2, 2015

YouTube Helping Parents to Understand Control Options on YouTube Kids App

YouTube is cleaning up the act of its Kids’ app after being lambasted for inappropriate content — such as videos teaching children how to tie a noose, or use a nail gun to shoot someone in the head — surfacing during searches.

YouTube will now, as soon as the app is opened, have a message for parents, explaining how videos are recommended and chosen as well as how they can flag videos they feel are inappropriate.Screen Shot 2015-10-02 at 10.51.54 AM

Parents will also be prompted to choose if they wish to allow their children to do searches or turn the function off.

“Turn search on to access millions of family-friendly videos, or turn search off to restrict your child’s experience to a more limited set,” YouTube said in a blog post. “Either way, parents decide the right experience for their family from the get-go.

“We always try to make the videos available in the app family-friendly, but no system is perfect,” the company added. “So if you ever find a video you’re concerned about, please flag it. This helps make YouTube Kids better for everyone.”

Parents will now also be able to set a personal passcode, rather than a spelled-out code via parental controls.

The changes, which will roll out “in the coming weeks,” come nearly five months after a number of advocacy groups demanded Google recall the app.

The groups discovered a number of inappropriate videos including clips with My Little Pony-themed pedophilia jokes, a video discussing hard-core pornography and a Bert and Ernie video dubbed over with a foul-mouthed argument from mobster movie Casino.

The groups sent a complaint to the Federal Trade Commission in April requesting an anti-trust investigation into Google’s advertising practices in connection with its YouTube Kids app. But the groups — Change.org, Center for Digital Democracy (CDD), Consumer Watchdog, and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry — expanded the complaint in late May, asking the FTC to look into the inappropriate content as well.

The FTC has not said if it will probe the matter.


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Jennifer Cowan is the Managing Editor for SiteProNews.

2 Responses to “YouTube Helping Parents to Understand Control Options on YouTube Kids App

    Nice to hear about that, after launching YouTube for kids, this time YouTube comes with a nice option for there parents to control there child’s activity. that’s nice.

    Nice to hear about that. After launching YouTube for kids, YouTube comes out with a nice option for parents to control their child’s activity. That’s nice.

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