YouTube is expanding the capabilities of supervised accounts.
what you need to know
- YouTube has sent a notification to Family Link users with supervised accounts.
- Soon, these accounts will be able to access YouTube Music and log in on smart TVs.
- Content will still be restricted based on age.
YouTube notified users on Thursday that it is finally giving your child’s supervised account access to more apps and devices.
This email has been sent to users who manage supervised accounts through Family Link. A regulated layman account was launched in 2021 as a way for parents to manage what content their kids can access on YouTube. This will restrict certain videos based on age range.
That said, there are other restrictions, such as which apps and devices can be used with supervised accounts. However, some of those restrictions will be lifted “in the coming weeks”.
According to the email, your kids will finally be able to log into YouTube Music with their account. Here, they’ll be able to create their own playlists and access their own curated mixes without affecting your account.
This also works with the main YouTube app on eligible TVs, including the best Android TVs, so they can log in and watch their videos on the big screen.
YouTube maintains that the same parental protections and restrictions apply when their kids use the apps. Of course, the system isn’t perfect and can still go wrong, in which case parents can go in and change their child’s account settings or report any inappropriate videos or music they may come across.
This should be a relief for parents, some of whom may have to resort to subscribing to some of the other best music streaming services to give their kids their own listening experience.
While these new features may still be a few weeks away, now may be the perfect time to set up a supervised account for your child on YouTube.