Earlier this month there were reports that YouTube for Kids is getting a new Whitelisted version and today, the company is rolling a bunch of new features that fall in line with the reports. Parents now get the ability only to show human-approved content.
Starting this week, YouTube for Kids team will offer collections from trusted channels on a variety of subjects from arts & crafts and music to sports, learning, and more. This also allows parents to select only the channel collections and topics they want their kids to access. You can go to the profile settings and select from available collections such as Sesame Workshop and PBS KIDS.
Later this year, parents will get a new feature that will allow them to specifically handpick every video and channel available to their child in the app. Starting this week turning search off will limit the YouTube Kids experience to channels that have been verified by the YouTube Kids team, meaning that search off will not include recommendations from the broader YouTube Kids corpus.
YouTube also said that it would continue to fine tune the YouTube Kids app to make it better and improve its filters for this more open version of our app.