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.”

TechCrunch: Following controversies over kids’ content, YouTube makes several YouTube Red family shows free

TechCrunch: Following controversies over kids’ content, YouTube makes several YouTube Red family shows free. “Amid controversies over how YouTube has been handling content aimed at children on its network, YouTube is making a number of its previously subscription-only YouTube Red shows available on its YouTube Kids application for the first time as part of a new promotion.”

Quartz: Facebook debuts Messenger Kids, an ad-free app that gives parents control

Quartz: Facebook debuts Messenger Kids, an ad-free app that gives parents control. “Technically, children under the age of 13 aren’t allowed on Facebook. But many kids manage to sign up for Facebook and Instagram quite easily, making them vulnerable to all of the internet’s dangers. Now Facebook is rolling out a platform that will allow children to use one of its services—with plenty of parental supervision. Opening up a massive new pool of users, the company is introducing Messenger Kids, a standalone app that lets kids communicate with their family and friends.”

TechCrunch: Jellies is a kid-friendly, parent-approved alternative to YouTube Kids

TechCrunch: Jellies is a kid-friendly, parent-approved alternative to YouTube Kids. “As YouTube reels from a series of scandals related to its lack of policing around inappropriate content aimed at children, obscene comments on videos of children, horrifying search suggestions, and more, a new app called Jellies has arrived to offer parents a safer way to let their kids watch videos on mobile devices.”

Salon: A parent’s ultimate guide to YouTube kids

Salon: A parent’s ultimate guide to YouTube kids. “So many kids love watching videos on YouTube, it seemed like a slam dunk for Google to create a special app specifically for the online video service’s youngest fans. And while YouTube Kids offers a colorful, easy-to-navigate environment, a wide range of high-quality videos, a few parental controls, and fun features for kids, it’s been dogged by concerns over its advertising, branded content, and inappropriate clips slipping through the curation process. So is YouTube Kids right for kids — or not?”

Ars Technica: YouTube to crack down on inappropriate content masked as kids’ cartoons

Ars Technica: YouTube to crack down on inappropriate content masked as kids’ cartoons. “Recent news stories and blog posts highlighted the underbelly of YouTube Kids, Google’s children-friendly version of the wide world of YouTube. While all content on YouTube Kids is meant to be suitable for children under the age of 13, some inappropriate videos using animations, cartoons, and child-focused keywords manage to get past YouTube’s algorithms and in front of kids’ eyes. Now, YouTube will implement a new policy in an attempt to make the whole of YouTube safer: it will age-restrict inappropriate videos masquerading as children’s content in the main YouTube app.”

YouTube Blog: Introducing kid profiles, new parental controls, and a new exciting look for kids, which will begin rolling out today!

YouTube Blog: Introducing kid profiles, new parental controls, and a new exciting look for kids, which will begin rolling out today!. “After talking to parents all over, we know that kids who love the YouTube Kids app are getting older and want a platform that’ll grow with them. Whether kids are watching Monster High, DC Kids, LEGO, learning their ABCs, or picking up the latest tricks in Minecraft, we want YouTube Kids to help.”