Google to add new parental control to YouTube Kids app

Last Updated: Apr 26 2018 17:58

TECHNOLOGY- Search engine giant Google will give parents more control over the YouTube Kids app, after complaints of inappropriate videos being discovered on the service.

Parents will now be able to choose between human-curated playlists or they can let YouTube’s algorithms decide what children get to watch in the app.

Children's presenter and parent Ed Petrie criticized the move saying, “Nickelodeon shows don't have an option for your kids to stumble across an animation of SpongeBob SquarePants having his liver removed.

"YouTube just can't get their heads around the fact that when you're expressly providing content for kids, there is an ethical need for an actual human being viewing it with their eyes and ears before it gets inside a child's brain."

YouTube currently uses algorithms to decide which videos can appear on YouTube Kids.