As a YouTube video & # 39; for children & # 39; was created, it now has limited functions – even for adults. You cannot create a video & # 39; s & # 39; made for children & # 39; play in the mini player, save them to a playlist, or even like them or don't like them in YouTube Music. This is why.
COPPA explained: Why is YouTube doing this?
YouTube made this change because of the law on online privacy protection of children. COPPA is a 1
Now Google is increasing compliance. If YouTube created a video or channel & # 39; for children & # 39; considers this to limit many functions for that video or channel. Even if you are an adult, while watching one of these videos, you can create & # 39; s & # 39; made for children & # 39; do not use different functions.
These changes are intended to protect children 13 and younger. For example, Google has removed features such as responses and donations to children's videos.
What is a video & # 39; Made for Kids & # 39 ;?
The FTC sets the guidelines for creating video & # 39; s & # 39; made for children & # 39 ;. For example, Google explains it:
According to the FTC guidelines on the Children & # 39; s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), a video is made for children if:
- Children are the primary target group.
- Children are not the primary audience, but the video is still focused on children based on factors such as the subject of the video, whether the video focuses on children, themes, toys or games, etc.
YouTube expects video publishers to mark their channels and videos as & # 39; s created for children & # 39; if these rules apply. YouTube can also use viewer reports and machine learning algorithms to identify videos created for children.
In other words, video publishers mark some video & # 39; s manually as "made for children" when they are uploaded. YouTube automatically marks some & # 39; s videos as & # 39; made for children & # 39; without the input of a publisher. It is not entirely up to content creators or channel owners if their videos are marked.
Which functions are limited?
Although some restrictions, such as turning off responses to children's videos, make sense, other restrictions seem strange when applied to everyone. As Android Police points out, these rules "cannot recognize that video & # 39; s" made for children "can appeal to both children and adults," which makes the adult user experience on such video & # 39; s worse.
You will notice this when you try to play a "children's video" and resize it to the mini player. You will see a message with the message "Miniplayer has been disabled for video & # 39; s created for children." To view the video, you must view it in full screen. instead of going back to the search results or browsing YouTube while watching that video.
You also cannot tap the "Save" button to save the video to a playlist or view it later. The & # 39; Save & # 39; button is grayed out for such videos & # 39; s and you see the message & # 39; s This action has been disabled for videos & # 39; s created for children & # 39; if you tap it anyway. You can still download a video to watch offline if you have YouTube Premium, but you cannot save it to a playlist.
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In YouTube Music you may not like or dislike a song if it is "made for children". You can't even leave the Now Playing screen in YouTube Music while playing a "Made for Kids & # 39;" as you can in competing paid music streaming services such as Spotify and Apple Music. Android Central accused Google of having YouTube music for many people & # 39; break & # 39; with these changes.
This is the case now and there is currently no solution for these limitations Even if you are an adult, you lose access to these basic YouTube features during watching videos & # 39; s or listening to songs that can appeal to children under the age of 13.
Here is the full list of features that are not available on & # 39; made for children & # 39; ”Video & # 39; s, from Google:
- Autoplay on homepage
- Maps or end screens
- Channel branding watermark
- Channel Memberships
- Donate button
- Likes and antipathies on YouTube Music ] Live chat or live chat donations
- Merchandise and ticketing
- Notification bell
- Personalized advertisements
- Play in the Mini Player
- Super Chat or Super Stickers
- Save in playlist and save for later  And, as a channel like & # 39; made for children & # 39; is considered, these features are not accessible on the channel:
- Channel Memberships
- Notification Bell
YouTube began implementing these restrictions on January 6, 2020. Google still advises parents to children the YouTube Kids app, but these restrictions even apply to & # 39; kids & # 39; videos & # 39; s in the main YouTube app for iPhone, Android, and iPad and on the YouTube website .