YouTube announced this morning that it will soon launch a new experience designed specifically for teenagers and teenagers who are too old to use the outube children's app, but they may not be ready to explore all of the YouTube content. According to the company,It is preparing to launch a beta version of a new feature that will allow parents to grant their children more limited YouTube access through a supervised Google account.
This setting will limit what teenagers watch on the platform and what they can do, such as creating videos or leaving comments. Many parents may have set up a supervised Google account for their children through Google's family link parental control app. The app allows parents to restrict access to a range of products and services, control screen time, filter websites, etc.
Other parents may have created a supervised Google account for their child the first time they set up an account for their child on a new Android device or chromebook. If not, parents can take a few minutes to create supervised accounts for their children as they prepare to start testing new features.
The new feature will allow parents to choose between three different levels of YouTube access. Initially, YouTube will test these features with parents of children under the age of consent for online services (13 in the United States, but not in other countries), and then expand to older groups.
The company said there were other restrictions on surveillance access to Youtube. Parents will be able to manage their child's viewing and search history in their child's account settings. Some features on YouTube will be disabled, depending on the child's access level. YouTube, for example, will launch with in app buying, video creation and comment disabled. Over time, the company says it wants to work with parents to add some of these features back through some kind of parental control.
It's also critical that personalized ads don't serve a supervised experience. Instead, all ads will be context sensitive, just like on YouTube kids. In addition, all advertisements must comply with the children's advertising policy, the general advertising policy of youtube, and will be subject to the same categories and advertising content restrictions as made for kids content.