YouTube is all about creating your own space, but for kids you have to make sure that space is age appropriate.
YouTube Kids, a video app for kids ages 12 and under, is out with a new look through an update that includes new features like individual profiles. Along with customizable profiles there a fresh, more kid-friendly look that will adapt depending on the child's age.
Since launching for iOS and Android devices in February 2015, users have logged more than 70 billion views within YouTube Kids. The app boasts 11 million weekly active users.
When parents sign in through their Google account, they can create profiles for their kids. The profiles will allow personalized content recommended to kids based on their viewing habits.
Experts say profiles are ideal for families with kids of different ages who might be sharing a device and want content specific for their age. Parents can still control what videos their kids watch. They can block channels or specific videos, as well as set timers to limit how long kids use the app.
Kids' profiles will include fun icons to offer more personalization, and passcodes to keep away siblings. However, the passcodes don't prevent parents from keeping track of what their kids watch.
The categories kids will have to choose from will change, too. There is a recommended videos section, another for shows, and two for Music and Learning.
In a future update, the app will include an option for parents to add more content aimed at older kids, as well as a tab for Gaming.