YouTube is giving parents a little extra control over the content their children watch once they’ve outgrown YouTube Kids.
The new tool will have three settings with different degrees of restrictions and will allow children under the age of thirteen access to the platform through a supervised Google account set up by their parents, USA Today reports.
Today, we are announcing a new, supervised experience for parents who have decided their tweens and teens are ready to explore YouTube. More details here: https://t.co/fY5vE0NsM1 pic.twitter.com/W8FsC6EhQd
— YouTube (@YouTube) February 24, 2021
According to USA Today, the most restrictive mode, called “Explore”, is targeted at children over the age of nine. “Explore” will allow children to watch vlogs, tutorials, gaming videos, music clips, educational content, and more.
“Explore More” is catered to teens over the age of 13 and includes live streams in the same categories as the “Explore” mode.
Lastly, “Most of YouTube” is the least-restrictive mode and will give users access to most of the content on YouTube except for age-restricted videos.
“As children grow up, they have an insatiable curiosity and need to gain independence and find new ways to learn, create, and belong,” said James Beser, Director of Product Management, Kids and Family at YouTube, in a statement reported by USA Today. “Over the last year, we’ve worked with parents and experts across the globe in areas related to child safety, child development, and digital literacy to develop a solution for parents of tweens and teens.”
YouTube announced the beta version will launch in the coming months.