YouTube is adding a PG version on its service for parents to regulate over what children watch. This feature is found in the account options which will be available anytime this year in over 80 countries.
The reason why YouTube is adding a PG version is to help parents of pre-teens and teens. These kids feel that they have outgrown YouTube Kids and yet aren’t still ready for adult content on YouTube.
Parents have to set up an account for their children. Once processed, the child cannot just post any videos or comments without going through the various content filters that are in place.
Tweens and Teens have different needs
James Beser, the director of YouTube’s product management for kids and family said that they received comments and feedback. Saying that the tweens and teens have different sets of needs that are not being fully met by YouTube.
It is natural for tweens and teens to have curiosity and the need to feel independent while growing up. Tweens and teens are eager to explore ways to learn, create and belong.
3 option settings: Explore, Explore More, and Most of YouTube
The regulated accounts will not show personalized or inappropriate ads or posts. The three content settings to choose from are: “Explore”, “Explore More”, and “Most of YouTube”. This will filter the varying levels of content the child can watch.
The “Explore” option shows content for children ages 9 and up who have just moved on from YouTube Kids. This includes the form of appropriate music of vlogs. The “Explore More” setting has a wider set of videos accessible which are suited more for viewers 13 and above. While the “Most of YouTube” option allows everything apart from age-restricted shows or sensitive content.
YouTube though still recommends YouTube Kids for children to watch independently and have contained viewing experience.
What parents can do
A safety expert Claire Stead recommended some ways parents can do:
2. Check privacy settings: Most of the major apps and services have their own ways of regulating access for the young eyes. Better check through the settings thoroughly before letting children use their smartphone or laptop.
3. Get them offline: It is becoming more important to help children realize that there is more to life outside of the internet. Recognize that kids are at risk of cyberbullying which has become one of the biggest concerns around online safety, says Claire.
4. Talk to them: Make sure to know the risks that the children face and try to make an open communication with the children. Letting them know that they can always come when things go wrong. Especially if they feel being bullied or someone is being sexual with online.
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