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Our next news is from YouTube. It’s a news that is similar to the last news that we had from Facebook about children’s safety.
Last week, YouTube announced that they are releasing a new feature called Supervised Google Account, which is going to give parents better control over the content that their children, especially teens and tweens, are watching on YouTube. It has three levels, one for 9+ years, one for 13+ years, and one for even older children. YouTube has outlined all the details in this article, which I will link to, in the show notes. Seems to be a good initiative from YouTube
Also it’s an initiative that takes into consideration the practical difficulties when it comes to controlling the type of content that people… children watch… especially young children, when they are on YouTube. It’s very difficult to control that kind of content that either pops up or they choose to watch. So it is not an easy topic, but it is one that both Facebook and YouTube are trying to address, which is good to see. Of course, in 2019, YouTube was fined over 170 million dollars for violating children-related privacy. So no wonder that they are taking this very seriously. And it’s also good, overall for the social media ecosystem. I know there are many ministries and nonprofits listening to me, that are working in the children-related ministry areas, so definitely have a look at this news.
Note: This news item is part of the weekly news show, The Connected Church News, that collects the Top 5 Digital and Social Media News each week for leaders of churches, ministries or christian nonprofit, and presents it to them in 5 mins.