Looking for something fun for your kids to do this month? Maybe something that is also educational? Well, YouTube Kids wants to be that place with what the are calling a Month of Making.
Right now on YouTube Kids has a long list kids and teens to get inspired to create something awesome with their Month of Making. Now through May 31st, kids can learn how to piece together a robot, learn about coding, create arts and crafts, and much more! Month of Making aims to inspire viewers on-screen to create something magical off-screen. The month’s in-app moment also features exciting playlists, including one from Kari Byron (“Mythbusters”) and GoldieBlox, where the popular TV host shows kids how to make stuff/do stuff, as well as a Peppa Pig playlist celebrating Month of Making.
This all comes a few weeks after YouTube Kids added new parental controls:
- Collections by trusted partners and YouTube Kids: Starting this week, our partners and the YouTube Kids team will offer collections of trusted channels on a variety of subjects from arts & crafts and music to sports, learning, and so much more. This makes it easy for parents to select only the channel collections and topics they want their kids to access. Just go into Profile Settings, and select from available collections such as Sesame Workshop and PBS KIDS. We will continue to add more partners over time.
- Parent approved content: Parents know better than anyone what they want their children to watch. For those parents who want even more control over the videos and channels in the YouTube Kids app, we’re rolling out a feature later this year that will allow parents to specifically handpick every video and channel available to their child in the app.
- Improved search-off control for an even more contained experience: Parents have always been able to turn search off within the YouTube Kids app, but starting this week turning search off will limit the YouTube Kids experience to channels that have been verified by the YouTube Kids team. This means that search off will not include recommendations from the broader YouTube Kids corpus.
“For parents who like the current version of YouTube Kids and want a wider selection of content, it’s still available. While no system is perfect, we continue to fine-tune, rigorously test and improve our filters for this more open version of our app. And, as always, we encourage parents to block and flag videos for review that they don’t think should be in the YouTube Kids app. This makes YouTube Kids better for everyone.” Said James Beser, Product Director for YouTube Kids.
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