YouTube Kids is breaking its content filters apart again as part of on-going efforts to allow parents to more appropriately manage what their little kids are watching on the app.
Previously, the app had content filters for “younger kids” (ages 8 and under) and “older kids” (ages 12 and under). The new content levels are organised this way, according to YouTube:
Preschool (ages 4 and under): Allows kids to watch videos that promote creativity, playfulness, learning and exploration.
Younger kids (ages 5-7): Includes songs, cartoons, crafts and other content that generally appeals to kids in preschool and early elementary school.
Older kids (ages 8-12): Includes additional music videos, gaming, science and more. This setting is for older kids who may be ready for more grown-up content filtered from the broader universe of videos on YouTube.
The process for setting the parental controls is still the same and is very straightforward: Open settings, go to your child’s profile and select “content settings.”
Remember that not all videos on YouTube Kids have been manually reviewed by employees. If you see anything inappropriate, you can block it or flag it for review. Or better yet, select “approve content yourself” in content settings to block them from searching and allow your child to view only the videos, channels or collections you choose.