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Important information for grown ups about YouTube Kids

YouTube Kids was built from the ground up to be a fun, family-friendly place for kids and families. The YouTube Kids app includes both popular children's videos and diverse new content, delivered in a way that is easy to use, both for kids who can read and those who are still learning.

Before your child gets started, there are a few things we want to make sure you understand:

YouTube Kids profiles

In certain countries, YouTube Kids allows signed in parents to create a separate profile for each kid in their household. Each profile has a separate set of viewing preferences and recommendations, allowing multiple kids to get the most out of the YouTube Kids app.
These profiles are available on any device where the parent is signed in and the YouTube Kids app is installed. You can have up to eight profiles. Learn how to create a profile.
*You can also use YouTube Kids without signing in at all.
How are videos available in YouTube Kids selected?
All versions of the YouTube Kids app use filters powered by algorithms to select videos from YouTube. We continually work hard to make our algorithms as accurate as possible in order to provide you with a safer version of Youtube. However, no algorithm is perfect. This means your child might find content you don't want him or her to watch. If this happens, please flag the video -- we use these flags to improve the app for everyone. We also offer a variety of tools and settings, described below, that you can use to further control your child's experience.
How does a child discover videos in YouTube Kids?

Videos in YouTube Kids can be discovered in several ways: 

Search

When you turn Search on, you allow your child to find and watch millions of videos available in YouTube Kids. These videos are made available in the app only after being selected by a special algorithm trained to return relevant and appropriate results. Videos available through search are not subject to human review. YouTube handles tremendous breadth, depth and scale of content -- so while we work hard to get it right, sometimes your child may find content in the app that you may not want them to watch. You can turn Search off if you prefer to restrict your child’s experience to a more limited set of videos. With search off, your child can’t search for new content but they can watch videos on the home screen, which includes videos selected by the app, and those the app recommends based on what they’ve watched.
Note that when you turn search off, your watch and search history will be cleared, as well as Recommended and Watch it again videos.

Videos on the home screen

Videos on the home screen are grouped in four categories: “Shows,” “Music,” “Learning,” and “Explore." These videos are selected by the app using a specially trained algorithm and some human review. These may be ranked based on what your child has watched or searched. These videos represent only a subset of the millions of videos available in YouTube Kids.

Recommended videos

Recommended videos are selected by our algorithm and are not always subject to human review. Recommended videos show both when Search is on or off, and are generally presented as an additional category on the home screen after multiple videos have been watched in YouTube Kids. Recommended videos may also appear in the four categories of videos on the home screen and as suggestions for your child to watch, after they’ve watched videos on the home screen or they’ve searched for a video. Recommended videos are based on what has been watched or searched in the app and always draw from the complete set of videos that are available in YouTube Kids.
You can reset Recommended videos by clearing the app's history in parental settings. Note that when you turn search off, Recommended videos will be cleared as well as your watch and search history.
When Pause history in on (you can turn it on or off in parental settings), you will stop the app from using new videos you watch or terms you search for to influence your Recommended videos. 
You can create a profile for your kid so multiple kids can each have their own recommendations.

Watch it again

Watch it again allows your child to choose from videos previously watched in the app.
You can reset Watch it again videos by clearing the app's history in parental settings. Note that when you turn search off, your Watch it again videos will be cleared, as well as your watch and search history.
When Pause history in on (you can turn it on or off in parental settings), you will stop the app from using new videos you watch or terms you search for to influence your Watch it again videos.
You can create a profile for your kid so multiple kids can each have their own recommendations.
What parental controls are available in YouTube Kids?
We’ve included features for you to tailor the YouTube Kids experience. You can set a timer to limit how much time a child spends on the app. Other controls include blocking contentturning off search, clearing history,  pausing history, and other features. Learn more about parental controls and settings
What kinds of advertising or commercials appear in YouTube Kids?

We allow limited paid advertisements (“Paid Ads”) in the app so that we can offer it for free. When your child plays a video in the app, your child may see a Paid Ad, which would be marked with “Ad” and preceded by an ad intro. These Paid Ads must follow our advertising policies, which for example exclude certain categories like food and beverages. Learn more about Ads in YouTube Kids and our advertising policies.

Videos uploaded by users are not Paid Ads so they are not subject to our advertising policies regardless of the nature of the content. Users often upload commercials and other promotional materials to their YouTube channels, and these videos may appear in the app. For example, a search for cookies may show a television commercial from a cookie company on a user’s channel  -- we would not consider this video a Paid Ad and it would not be subject to our advertising policies, which disallow Paid Ads for food. 

If you would like to watch videos free of paid ads with your child, try the YouTube Kids App with YouTube RedLearn more.

Collection and use of information and personal data on YouTube Kids

For complete information about our data practices, please see the YouTube Kids Privacy Notice which you can find at kids.youtube.com/t/privacynotice or in the app's Settings, under the Privacy section.
We take precautions to protect the privacy of the users of our app. It is important that the parent or legal guardian of the child that will be using the app reads this before the child gets started. If you are not the parent or legal guardian of the child that will be using YouTube kids, or if you are but you do not agree with our privacy practices, please do not allow the child to use the app.
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