As part of an effort to keep younger users safer online, YouTube just released one option under supervision for parents of tweens and teens. The account option is available to parents who are ready to let their kids discover what̵
YouTube already has a dedicated app for kids, YouTube Kids, but has decided it should continue to provide the same kind of protection to tweens and teens who are still not ready to see age-restricted content and other weird stuff on the site. YouTube has always been a platform for people over the age of 13, but as today’s kids are growing up in the most digital age yet, these controlled accounts provide a much-needed solution, allowing tweens and teens to still access the site while they them safe.
These supervised accounts give parents three control settings to choose from: Explore, Discover More, and Most of YouTube. Explore is for kids ready to move on with YouTube Kids and includes a wide variety of content suitable for ages 10-12, including tutorials, vlogs, educational content, game videos, music clips and more. Explore More offers suitable content for teens 13 and older, including a wider selection of videos and live streams in the same categories as Explore. Finally, most of YouTube features almost all of the videos on the site, except for age-restricted content.
The three options provide some leeway for different parenting styles and each child’s unique stage of development and ability to interact with content. At launch, YouTube will also disable in-app purchases for these accounts along with create and comment features, but over time it will work with parents and experts to add some of these features back in via an age-appropriate and parent-driven approach.
Through Google’s Family Link, parents also have access to additional tools, such as the ability to manage viewing and search history, set screen timers, and eventually even block content. Even with these audited accounts, YouTube still recommends that parents remain involved in guiding and supporting their child’s experience on the site.