Some of the changes may come via a server-side switch, but there was a new version of the app released yesterday, so it can't hurt to install that - we also have it at APK Mirror.
Controlling what your kid can and can't watch on YouTube Kids is about to get a lot easier. Firstly, YouTube Kids is getting a new parental control feature that will allow users to handpick every video and channel that their child sees on the app.
The new tools are available in the Android app for US users from today and will be coming to other regions and iOS in the near future. Now, that whitelisting feature has finally arrived. On a serious note, parents can enable the "Approved content only" mode, then can add channels and specific videos to a child's watchlist. To enable this feature, go into Settings on the YouTube Kids app. From there, you can browse content and press the "+" button to approve any video, channel, or collection of channels you're okay with.
Parents can also swap between "Younger", "Older" and parent-approved content whenever they want.
The "approved content only" setting disables the app's search function, as well. YouTube has started to roll out the new "Older" experience in the USA, and will soon expand it worldwide.
"We work hard to make videos in the app family friendly, but no system is flawless", the company said in a release. YouTube Kids defaults to the "Younger" version, which includes sing-alongs and age-appropriate educational videos, but parents can select the "Older" version when they're setting up a new profile or updating an existing one. "If this happens, we ask that parents block and flag the video for review by our team". If you want to ensure your kids are just using YouTube kids, along with deleting the YouTube app off their phone, you can restrict it on Safari. "As we continue to receive feedback from parents and turn that feedback into improvements to the YouTube Kids app, we hope that all families and kids can create the experience they want!"