YouTube is the world's most popular platform for videos and naturally it's pretty popular among kids as well. Everyone knows that YouTube has some fantastic videos that are great for kids, but a spate of controversies has hit the site since last year when people discovered that kids have been viewing some rather inappropriate videos on the service. This doesn't come as a huge surprise for anyone who's used YouTube but it's troubling when even YouTube Kids, the app designed for kid friendly content is affected. Thankfully, YouTube Kids has several options for parents, allowing them to enable to keep their children safe from inappropriate videos.
If you are wondering what the fuss is all about, YouTube Kids (available in India since 2016) has faced complaints over inappropriate ads for junk food, multiple complaints about the content, privacy, and even for featuring videos with suicide tips. Here's how you can keep your kids safe from this type of content.
Follow these steps to set a passcode, which will let you keep children away from bypassing restrictions set by you.
This will create a passcode to access the app's settings and restrictions. As long as kids don't know this passcode, they won't be able to bypass any restrictions on YouTube Kids.
If you are signed in to an account, follow these steps to enable the relevant settings to keep your children safe on YouTube Kids.
If you use YouTube Kids without signing in, you will see most of these options under Settings, but the advanced parental controls in step 7 won't be available.
These steps will allow you to limit how long your kid watches YouTube videos via the YouTube Kids app.
These simple steps let you report videos that are inappropriate for children on YouTube Kids.
These steps will allow you to keep inappropriate videos away from your children on the YouTube Kids app. You should also consider alternatives such as Netflix (which has a dedicated kids section) among many others.
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