Learn how Google Kids Space search works

The Google Kids Space search provides content that is ranked and ordered for your child based on content activity type, filters, and your child’s account settings. The GKS search feature is based on the Google Play and YouTube search features. Learn more about Google Play search and YouTube search.

How search results are ranked

Important: When relevant to your search entry, apps that are already on your device and books that you already own are displayed at the beginning of your search results and aren’t ordered or filtered.

Search results from GKS consist of a combination of content from Google Play, YouTube Kids, and existing on-device content. There are 3 content types:

  • Play apps
  • Play books
  • YouTube Kids videos

Each app, book, or video has an associated activity type that determines the order of your search results. Some apps, like PBS Kids Video, are considered “multi-content” which means they appear in more than one activity type.

Activity type & order of content
  • Play: On-device apps appear first in the list, then GKS-approved results.
  • Read: On-device multi-content apps appear first, then GKS-approved books, then GKS-approved multi-content apps.
  • Watch: On-device multi-content apps appear first, then GKS-approved videos, then GKS-approved multi-content apps.
  • Make: On-device multi-content apps appear first, then GKS-approved videos, then GKS-approved multi-content apps.

App search results on GKS

Important:

  • Apps that aren’t GKS-approved can appear in your results if the search your child enters matches apps that other users frequently search. Your child will need your approval to get apps that aren't GKS-approved.
  • You can add apps that aren’t in GKS. Apps that you install on the device are searchable and appear in search results.
  • Apps that are available to PlayPass users can appear on GKS search. Learn more about GKS PlayPass.

To give you app results, GKS uses results from the Google Play Store and applies filters. Learn how Google Play ranks search results.

GKS-approved apps must:

How apps are filtered
To improve your search results, GKS-approved apps are filtered based on your region and your child’s age. Apps that are rated above your child’s age or the approved age setting in Family Link, aren’t available on your child’s device. For example, a child who's 7 would find apps in the 0–5 and 6–8 age ranges. Learn more about how Google Play filters apps and International Age Rating Coalition (IARC) ratings.
Filter your child’s app results

In Family Link, you can use filters to:

  • Block specific apps
  • Block apps with ads or in-app purchases
  • Block apps that don’t meet the maximum IARC rating you’ve set on Family Link

Book search results on GKS 

Important: You can add a purchased book to your child’s account. Purchased books that aren’t GKS approved can appear in your child’s search results.

For its content, GKS sources books from Google Play Books and relies on Play Books ranking. Learn how Google Play ranks search results.

GKS-approved books must:

  • Be manually selected by experts for inclusion. Selection is based on specific criteria that is similar to the criteria used in the Teacher Approved program.
  • Be licensed by a publisher and fully accessible to kids.
How books are filtered
You can search for books in GKS by title, author, or book description. Your settings affect what books your child finds in GKS. Books that aren’t available in your region can’t be found.

Video search results on GKS 

For its content, GKS sources videos from YouTube Kids and applies filters to provide video results. Learn more about search and ranking for YouTube Kids.

Videos that appear in GKS search results must:

  • Be part of YouTube Kids
  • Meet YouTube Kids quality criteria
  • Be playable
  • Pass a classifier review that helps remove certain content for quality reasons
  • Not be blocked for quality or age-appropriateness reasons
  • Not be blocked by a parent
How videos are ranked

GKS-approved videos are ordered based on a GKS-specific ranking that evaluates the:

  • Search dependent score, which is related to the search entry, title, description, and channel name matches.
  • Search independent scores, which are determined by:
    • Freshness: Time since the video was published.
    • Popularity: The total watch time.
    • Quality: Internal quality scores.
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