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The launch of YouTube Kids in 2015 gave lots of parents peace of mind when it came to their kids using the video streaming app.
But while the platform might be a more kid-friendly version of the original, it's just as easy for kids to get sucked into their screens, watching video after video.
If you're a parent worried about your kids spending too much time scrolling through videos, YouTube Kids offers a simple solution: screen time limits.
Setting screen limits can be a great way for your kids to digest just the right amount of fun content, and these limits are super easy to set up.
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Before you set limits, make sure that you have YouTube Kids downloaded and you're signed in with your parent account credentials.
To change any settings, you'll need to be logged in, and to tap the Lock icon on the bottom corner of any page on the app, or in the top right corner if you're using a web browser.
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You'll then be prompted to either enter your YouTube Kids account password or solve the "adult prompt" and enter a number to continue.
After the lock is lifted, select the Timer icon. From there, use the slider bar and adjust the timer to set the amount of time you want your kid to have on the app throughout the day.
When your time is all set, select "Start timer." Your kid will get a notification that says, "Time's Up!" when they've maxed out, and the YouTube Kids app will be locked for the rest of the day.
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If you want to give them some more time, tap the Unlock button and tap "Stop Timer." (You'll need to log in and enter your credentials again, as in Step 2.) The app will remain unlocked until you actively start the timer.
No. YouTube has yet to follow Instagram's and TikTok's protocol and build a screen limit option into its settings. Until YouTube does, you can set a YouTube screen limit by using your Android or iPhone's settings.
Launched in 2015, YouTube Kids is an app designed specifically for kids. It has a smaller content collection than the regular app and everything that is displayed in the app has gone through a vetting process that deems it "kid-appropriate." YouTube Kids also has a slew of parental features, such as screen limitation, and is ideally for preschool aged kids to early tweens. Like the original, the app is completely free, but to get more out of parent controls, make sure you've signed in to a parent account.
Yes, the YouTube Kids app is available for Fire Tablets, iOS and Android devices, and select smart TVs. Note, however, that it's not yet available on Roku.