Google has today introduced a new supervised YouTube account, offering a new choice for parents who have decided their tweens and teens are ready to explore the YouTube universe. The new account will come with content settings and limited features.
YouTube is starting with an early beta for families with kids under the age of consent to test and provide feedback as it continues to expand and improve the experience. Google says it will be giving parents the ability to choose from 3 different content settings on YouTube.
- Explore: For children ready to move on from YouTube Kids and explore content on YouTube, this setting will feature a broad range of videos generally suitable for viewers ages 9+, including vlogs, tutorials, gaming videos, music clips, news, educational content and more.
- Explore More: With content generally suitable for viewers ages 13+, this setting will include an even larger set of videos, and also live streams in the same categories as “Explore.”
- Most of YouTube: This setting will contain almost all videos on YouTube, except for age-restricted content, and it includes sensitive topics that may only be appropriate for older teens.
YouTube will use a mix of user input, machine learning and human review to determine which videos are included.
To help parents get started, YouTube has also developed a guide in partnership with National PTA, Parent Zone and Be Internet Awesome.