This is a review of Google’s new YouTube app for kids, called YouTube Kids. The app is a kid-friendly version of YouTube that shows only age appropriate videos, no comments or ratings. There are parental control features included such as the ability to set a time limit for viewing and block videos.
Kids love YouTube for music videos, cute kitten videos, Minecraft videos, and just about every other kind of video. Some are instructional, some are educational, some are entertaining but many are just not okay for kids. Can parents prevent their kids from seeing inappropriate content on YouTube? Well, sort of.
I revisited this article, originally published last November, to see if there were any changes with safe search settings in Google, Bing and Yahoo. I found that the results were the same: All three major search engines default to the moderate “Safe Search” setting, and you should change that to “strict” for the best results. Starting next week I’ll be adding step-by-step instructions for each search engine.
So I’ve written a bit about parental control resources meant to keep kids safe online. All of these available restrictions and software add-ons are useful tools. But none of them are useful without the guidance of parents. And there’s always been something about the term “parental control” that bothered me. Do we really want to […]