YouTube said it will roll out new accounts that let Kids or young teens explore the streaming video service within boundaries set by their parents.
An early version of the offering will be release in coming months.
The move responds to concerns about violence and other inappropriate content which may be viewed by minors on the massive video-sharing platform.
James Beser, kids and family product management director Said :
“We’ve heard from parents and older children that tweens and teens have different needs, which weren’t being fully met by our products,”.
“We are announcing a new choice for parents who have decided their tweens and teens are ready to explore YouTube with a supervised account.”
- An Explore option for parental control settings will feature videos considered suitable for children ages 9 and older, such as tutorials, gaming videos, music clips, news, and educational content.
- A second setting will allow children to access videos deemed appropriate for people ages 13 and older, and include live streams.
- A most of YouTube setting will open viewing to a gamut of content on the global video sharing platform except for content that is age-restrict or involving sensitive topics only appropriate for older audiences.
James Beser Said :
“We know that every parent has a different parenting style and that every child is unique and reaches different developmental stages at different times,”.
The options are design for parents who are ready to give their children a bit more freedom on YouTube, but with limits.
“We will use a mix of user input, machine learning and human review to determine which videos are include,”.
“We know that our systems will make mistakes and will continue to evolve over time.”
The platform has worked to address concerns and complaints about content accessible to children as well as the types of ads paired with what they view.
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