How do you feel about your kids spending their time on YouTube? Do you get wrapped up in the whole “Screen Time or No Screen Time” debate. As a parent I worry about a lot of things for my kids, and the use or time used on electronic devices is not a big one. With our youngest daughter, Joeli, we have adopted the YouTube Kids app to help regulate her video watching experience.
YouTube Kids App & Parents
YouTube has carefully developed the YouTube Kids App, it was several months in the making. And, since every family is different; they have tailored the app for grown-ups to set guidelines for use. Settings are found behind a grown-ups-only lock where you can turn off search for a more restricted experience, reducing the chance that your child will find content that you don’t want them to watch, or set the built-in timer to let kids know when it’s time to stop watching so you don’t have to.
Need to Know About YouTube Kids App
- Parental setup is strongly suggested to ensure the best experience possible for your child.
- YouTube Kids contains paid ads in order to offer the app for free. Your child may also see videos with commercial content from YouTube creators that are not Paid Ads. For more information, please check out our Parental Guide.
- Videos in the app’s four categories — Shows, Learning, Music and Explore — are pre-selected from the millions of videos available on YouTube Kids using algorithms with an additional layer of human review.
- Videos found in Recommended and through Search are selected by algorithms without human review. Please note, no algorithm is perfect, and even a perfect algorithm is no substitute for a parent or guardian’s judgment.
- You can restrict your child’s experience by turning Search off in Settings.
- If your child finds a video that you feel is inappropriate, please flag the video and it will be reviewed as soon as possible.