New YouTube Features Aim to Enhance Safety for Minors, Including 'Take a Break' Reminders and Default Settings

Video-sharing giant YouTube has just marked Safer Internet Day with a long list of security measures to ensure all minors remain safe on the app.

This includes a wide array of updates seen in-stream via ‘Take a Break’ prompts. The latter is a rollout featuring a long list of content restrictions that would cover a wide array of harmful topics.

There is also a new report linked to digital wellbeing that’s designed in collaboration with health experts.

For starters, the app generates in-app alerts that make sure all users are conscious of what’s taking place around them and how much time they’re spending across the platform. These reminder tools tell minors and generate reminders when a break is required and when bedtime is near so they can put their devices down and ensure their health and well-being remain in check.

The tools are going to be active through default settings too, making the lives of parents so much more simpler. The app mentioned how the reminders would pop up across full-screen alerts that can be viewed on both regular long videos and the app’s Shorts initiative. Meanwhile, the Take A Break feature would be triggered through the settings tab, every hour.

Additionally, autoplay will be set through default means for teenagers and those with supervised accounts. We’ll also see the platform expand content security features to several other destinations to ensure the highest level of protection for those who are vulnerable.

The company generated a post on this front and mentioned how all the safeguards are created to ensure users remain secure while using the platform. They also feel it rids the issue of seeing harmful content again and again and also makes sure all that is on display for youngsters and teens in the US is far from what might be considered inappropriate for underage users.

Similarly, they aim to limit repeated recommendations of content linked to these topics for teenagers across the US as such updates would be coming soon in more nations this year.

The app has plenty of loopholes and they’re being called out as an issue for various reasons. They added that the goal is to make sure there is no spiraling of content across different categories.

Last but not least, YouTube has just rolled out new reports in collaboration with WHO and the BMJ so that appropriate mental health material is generated for teenagers and that gives the right type of guidance on different strategies.

The measures are created to build upon the robust array of protection tools for teenagers that ensure parents have a greater capacity to take care of kids who are exposed on the platform.

The measures are designed to cater to the platform’s already wide array of protection tools that parents can use to keep their children in check. So in this way, managing them would be much simpler than what we’ve witnessed in the past.

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