5 min read by Bogdi
published 2 ani în urmă, updated un an în urmă
With the plethora of streaming services available, it can be hard to decipher which platforms and websites are kid-friendly. YouTube Kids is one of the most recognized platforms, with video views in the billions, but you might be wondering if the platform itself is good or bad?
YouTube Kids promotes a safe environment for children to watch videos by using automated filters and parental controls to help guide the viewing parameters. Tools within the system can help customize the app experience from blocking suspicious videos to limiting the amount of screen time per session.
As streaming platforms evolve, it is important to teach your children great habits for internet safety to help when you are not around. Keep reading below for tips on how to navigate and set up YouTube Kids and for some things you need to be on the lookout for.
YouTube Kids was created to give kids the ability to explore content on their own without running into unwanted ads or undesirable videos. However, as with most video streaming websites, there is always a chance that a rogue video can slip through. If you happen to catch a video or an ad come through that is not kid-friendly, you can quickly tag it so that the engineers can review and eliminate the video.
For content creation, several safeguards in effect will filter out and narrow down the videos if they are not deemed kid-friendly. This YouTube Kids Field Guide gives you a first-hand look at the rules for creating content for YouTube Kids.
From do’s to don’ts the guide hones in on how to effectively communicate to a younger audience by breaking down the following categories:
The YouTube Kids creators are tasked with creating content to help enrich your children's lives and to stay away from hurtful or negative content. There are several worksheets in the guide that content creators can use to help guide their videos to stay within the parameters set by YouTube Kids to have quality content.
In order for a video to be deemed as appropriate for YouTube Kids, it has to be scanned by the automated filters in addition to human review and feedback. The filters are taking several things into consideration, especially looking at what is popular on YouTube.
The automated scan is looking at the following items:
If the review returns a thumbnail that has undesirable images or a title that has profanity, it will not be allowed into YouTube Kids. Additionally, any content related to that video or ad will be added to a list to have an extra review.
The engineering team is constantly updating the automated filters to stay in line with new and popular content that is created on YouTube, to prevent any overflow of inappropriate videos. However, if you do notice an inappropriate video on the app, you can flag the video to notify the team that a review is needed, and within 24 hours, it can be blocked if deemed necessary.
The parental controls on YouTube Kids are one of the most comprehensive tools you can use in aiding what your children can view. You can create up to eight profiles and customize the settings for each individual child.
Here are some of the ways you can filter what your child can watch:
The parental controls are completely customizable and should be utilized when setting up your child’s profile on YouTube Kids. You can keep the settings safe by using an unbreakable password, for example using the NordPass Password Manager to help create and store your passwords.
You can also use a VPN, such as NordVPN, to add an extra layer of security to help keep unwanted content out. A VPN hides and encrypts your IP address to protect your identity and help you browse safely.
As a parent, you are likely busy and cannot constantly monitor what your child is watching on YouTube Kids. That is why the platform was created, to have a safe space for your child to explore on their own. However, you still need to take some time to monitor the videos they are choosing to watch.
Here are some tips to help you keep your child safe while using streaming platforms:
It is up to you to teach healthy behaviors and habits to your children so that they understand when something is not right. Keep the dialogue open and ask questions to probe what they are watching on a daily basis.
Some questions you can ask your child to teach them healthy communication are:
If you are noticing that your child is apprehensive about specific questions regarding YouTube Kids, it might be time to block the app and move towards another streaming alternative such as PBS Kids.
YouTube Kids has amazing filters in place to help narrow down the content to protect your child from viewing unsuitable ads and videos, but it is ultimately up to you to set up additional parental controls and monitor what your child is exposed to. If you keep the communication open with your child, you should be able to mitigate any unsafe videos from streaming into their playlist.
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