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9/4/19
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Today we announced important steps we’re taking to help us better protect data on kids content on YouTube. This includes several upcoming changes to kids content on YouTube.com that will go into effect in the upcoming months. You can read the full update on the YouTube blog and check out some FAQs below. We’ll keep this thread updated with answers to top questions, and any additional information and resources over the coming months.

Q: What changes are being made to how YouTube collects data (on YouTube.com) for kids content?

  • We’ll change our data practices on kids content so we limit data collection and use. This means we’ll stop serving personalized ads on kids content for all users regardless of age. Advertising that is not personalized, for example ads shown based on context rather than on user data, will still appear on kids content on YouTube.com. In order to limit data collection, viewers will have limited engagement options with kids content, meaning certain features, like comments, may be disabled. Creators will also be required to tell us if their content is made for kids.

Q: Is this change global?

  • These changes will address concerns raised by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) regarding our compliance under the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). While COPPA is a U.S. law, we are making changes to our data practices globally – this approach ensures compliance with COPPA requirements, which may be similar to other laws outside of the United States. 
  • Important note to creators: Creators need to consider their applicable legal obligations when evaluating whether their content may be made for kids, including how the age of a child is defined in their country.

Q: When are these changes happening? 

  • Nothing is changing today, this is just an announcement. We’ve worked with the FTC to give creators 4 months to learn more and adjust before these product changes take effect. We’ll share more over the coming months. 

Q: How will YouTube identify kids content on YouTube.com?

  • Creators will be required to tell us (in Studio) when their content falls into a kids category and we’ll also use machine learning to help us identify kids content. Some examples of kids content include videos that have an emphasis on kids’ characters, themes, toys, or games. Note: We still recommend parents use YouTube Kids if they plan to allow kids to watch independently. 

Q: What resources are available to creators? 


Q: How can I learn more about the YouTube Kids app? 

  • YouTube Kids was designed to be a safer and simpler place for kids to explore their interests through online video. These changes aren’t about the YouTube Kids app, but the main YouTube.com experience. We do want to make sure parents are aware of YouTube Kids and its benefits so moving forward, when people watch kids content on YouTube, they’ll see messages directing them to YouTube Kids.

  • Parents – if you want to let your kids explore YouTube independently, we recommend the YouTube Kids app. YouTube Kids has a full suite of parental controls so you can customize your kid’s experience, create individual kid profiles, block videos or channels, set a timer to limit screen time, and much more. Learn more and check out parent resources here.

Creators – To be included in the YouTube Kids app, the content must be family-friendly (we use a mix of automated filters, user feedback, and human review to determine this). This Creating for Families Guide is designed to help creators develop programming that will be eligible for YouTube Kids and resonate with family and kid audiences.

- Sarah (TeamYouTube)
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9/5/19
Welp. No children for me. Jokes aside I can see this being helpful for parents
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My channel is entirely dedicated to children,
And you are basically saying that we will not be able to monetize content for kids? after years of work and millions of subscribers? YouTube kids income is insignificant compared to the YouTube platform, it will not be worth adding material for such a small income.
the real affected are the producers because of your lack of control or rather your hunger for control ... We would like to know what solutions are you going to give ? many of your most important channels are for children and by eliminating profits I don't think it is still business.
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9/5/19
Get a job, Eric. YouTube owes you nothing.
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9/5/19
Its pretty good but hello
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Major questions!
1.  Define child directed content!  How many children must view a video to qualify as child directed?  Or is it a percentage?  We need specific information to determine if our content is child directed.  We need to know the exact definition in order to decide.

2. Is the designation of content as child directed a video by video decision, or does one children's video mean our entire channel is child directed?

3.  If you read COPPA, they put a tremendous amount of weight on knowing the age of viewers, yet YouTube does not give us any way to determine the age of our viewers.  For gamers channels, how do they know what percentage of their audience is 13 and what percentage is 14 or older?

4.  If I put a warning on all my content which says, "If you are 13 or younger, you are not allowed to view this content", is that sufficient to classify my content as not child directed?

5.  Under the proposed plan, once a child leaves a child directed site and goes to a non-child directed site, all of their information is collected, violating the intent of COPPA.  Why can't YouTube create kid's accounts, and require everyone under 14 to use a kid's account?  Then YouTube just does not collect information from those accounts.  Problem solved, without wrecking our income stream.
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