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Search in YouTube Kids

Your child can search for videos, by using the magnifying glass in the upper corner of the app and typing in their query. To do a voice search, your child can tap the  microphone icon on the search page and speak the query.

Videos in search results are selected by our algorithm without human review.  We’ve taken a number of precautions to ensure that families searching in YouTube Kids will see results that are appropriate for younger audiences. We screen content available through Search using a mix of automated analysis and user input, and we are continuously making improvements based on new technology, research, and user feedback. 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 off Search using the parental settings, if you would like to restrict your child’s experience to a more limited set of content. Please keep in mind that regardless of the status of Search in your app, there is a chance that your child will find content that you don’t want them to watch. If this happens, you can notify YouTube by flagging the video. We use these flags to improve the app for everyone. 

Recommendations in search

Search results may include recommended videos based on what your child has previously watched and terms they’ve searched for.  

Pause watch & search history

You can pause watch and search history in Parental Settings. When you pause history, the app will stop using new videos you watch or terms you search for, while history is paused, as signals for recommendations on the home page,  in search results, and in Watch It Again

Clear watch and search history

You can clear watch and search history in Parental Settings. When you clear history, the app will reset Recommendations and Watch It Again. The app automatically resets your watch and search history when you turn search off. 

Blocked search results

When searching in YouTube, your family may encounter the following error message: “Try searching for something else!” In order to provide a family-friendly environment, we block results for search queries that are vulnerable to returning mature results. Due to the broad range of content available on YouTube, occasionally search queries may be blocked that are not necessarily inappropriate for younger audiences. If this happens, please send us feedback.

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