CNET: YouTube now lets parents decide exactly what kids can watch

CNET: YouTube now lets parents decide exactly what kids can watch. “YouTube Kids rolled out a new feature on Thursday that lets parents handpick the videos and channels their children have access to. The new parental controls are available worldwide on Android and will launch soon on iOS.”

SweetSearch: an update and three tools for your kids’ utility belts (NeverEnding Search)

NeverEnding Search: SweetSearch: an update and three tools for your kids’ utility belts. “I’ve been a longtime fan of findingDulcinea, a carefully curated portal for educators that I reviewed years ago. SweetSearch, its searchier sister site, is an excellent example of the power of a Google custom search engine to create a noise-free, focused search for children. Launched in 2009, SweetSearch leverages a Google CSE to search the websites included in findingDulcinea’s pathfinders and articles, as well as additional materials vetted and regularly updated by the research team. I recently caught up with Mark Moran, founder of SweetSearch, at the Texas Library Association Conference, and he shared three exciting updates that you may want to include in your kiddos’ search utility belts.”

BuzzFeed: YouTube Kids Is Going To Release A Whitelisted, Non-Algorithmic Version Of Its App

BuzzFeed: YouTube Kids Is Going To Release A Whitelisted, Non-Algorithmic Version Of Its App. “YouTube is planning to release a new version of its YouTube Kids app that will do away with algorithmically suggested videos and will only display videos from channels that a team of YouTube curators handpicks, a source familiar with YouTube’s plans told BuzzFeed News.”

Wired: Children’s YouTube is still churning out blood, suicide and cannibalism

Wired: Children’s YouTube is still churning out blood, suicide and cannibalism. “WIRED found videos containing violence against child characters, age-inappropriate sexualisation, Paw Patrol characters attempting suicide and Peppa Pig being tricked into eating bacon. These were discovered by following recommendations in YouTube’s sidebar or simply allowing children’s videos to autoplay, starting with legitimate content.”

Business Insider: The YouTube Kids app has been suggesting a load of conspiracy videos to children

Oh gross. Business Insider: The YouTube Kids app has been suggesting a load of conspiracy videos to children. “YouTube’s app specifically for children is meant to filter out adult content and provide a ‘world of learning and fun,’ but Business Insider found that YouTube Kids featured many conspiracy theory videos which make claims that the world is flat, that the moon landing was faked, and that the planet is ruled by reptile-human hybrids.”

Alphr: Google is removing Chrome’s ‘supervised users’ parental controls

Alphr: Google is removing Chrome’s ‘supervised users’ parental controls. ” In a frustrating blow for parents everywhere, Chrome’s ‘supervised users’ feature is being phased out only four years after it was launched, according to an email sent to users of the feature.”