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How kid-friendly is the YouTube Kids app?

The YouTube Kids app is definitely more kid-friendly than YouTube itself, but you may not want to totally let your kids loose on it at first. While the company is using more human monitors to review and curate videos, the app is still technically a portal to the main YouTube service and age-inappropriate videos can make it through the app's algorithm. YouTube Kids also runs ads, which has drawn criticism from consumer watchdog groups.

On the plus side, the YouTube Kids app is pretty simple, which reduces risks for kids. It has no interactive features (such as the ability to chat or post videos from the app), so kids can't have contact with other people. And it offers a few useful parental controls: You can turn off search, which limits kids' exposure to age-inappropriate content; you can set a time limit for kids to play on the app; and you can block videos, which helps the app know what types of videos you prefer to see. To be fair, YouTube Kids explains that there's potential for age-inappropriate content to slip through. It also recommends parents actively manage search settings to lessen any risks.

The safest way to let your kids use YouTube Kids is to supervise, watch together, and encourage kids to tell you if they see something weird, so you can take care of it. You can also try these other online streaming video services for kids.

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Teen, 14 years old written by Togedemaru23

No. Every children's video on YouTube ever made is brainless and will turn them into a moron. Buy them video games like Zelda and Mario Kart instead of putting them in front of YouTube. And better yet, show them QUALITY shows like the ones on PBS Kids!
Teen, 13 years old written by CayBlueGamer

The only reason i like video games is awesome because their fun . but you have to know who is the best youtuber ever. and you don't have to subscribe . you need to be the best gamer in the world. always help any kid in the world. but you need to help others on games. that's why i should be a gamer too. I need to play other games too. thank you! remember nobody is perfect because god is perfect.
Teen, 13 years old written by CayBlueGamer

My username is CayBlueGamer and I'm a good person and nice to everyone and I help other people, I can play minecraft really awesome. my friends says that i"m really helpful to everyone. people always come to my house to watch and play. I should be a youtuber and i like everyone.
Kid, 12 years old

The app is basically just normal YouTube but where kids tv shows are recommended a lot more (but if you want your kids to watch kids tv then why don't you just put on tv?) And while it does try to filter out stuff kids shouldn't watch, no filter is 100% secure and your child will properly stumble upon "Mickey mouse baby dead in gas explosion or the like (that video is actually meant for kids and isn't that bad (apart from quality) TL;DR just let your kids watch CBeebies
Kid, 12 years old

It’s not, apparently there’s a load of those supposed to be “friendly” content which for some reason ranges to a girl committing suicide to a boy cutting off a woman’s bra.
Kid, 11 years old

The app is kid friendly enough, but eventually, your child start taking interest in other things, such as video games, and then will realise that the app is too kid friendly. The videos on the YT kids app can be put in front of a baby or young child, but so can anything else. The quality of its videos takes a significant drop when a child grows older. Regular YouTube has much more, but kids can be exposed to violence, sex, strong language so on so forth. So it is ideal to stop using YT kids at the age of 10, and see what your child plays. But the answer to your original question is yes. But some videos may be able to bypass this. The chances are very low.