Collections launches this week and allows parents to choose from channels selected by the YouTube Kids team and trusted partners such as Sesame Workshop and PBS Kids.
More updates will arrive soon, including the option for parents to pick specific videos or channels that their child can watch, according to TechCrunch.
"One area of focus for us has been to build new features that give parents even more control around the content available in the YouTube Kids app so they can make the right choice for their unique family and for each child within their family", he added.
The changes come after troubling and inappropriate videos (paywall), including some featuring popular children's characters, found their way into the YouTube Kids platform a year ago. This function will provide for an even more contained experience on the app. Starting this week, turning the search option off within the app will limit the channels children can access to a roster that has been verified by the YouTube Kids team.
Facebook's Messenger Kids app is displayed on an iPhone in NY on February 16, 2018. There are three new features that are being rolled out to the YouTube Kids app along with the web portal. The feature will roll out "later this year", James Beser, Product Director for YouTube Kids, said in a blog post.
With new features such as sleep mode, it appears Facebook is pursuing parental appeasement as a means to getting more kids into the Facebook ecosystem at a younger age.
YouTube had also announced it will remove content on the platform that attempts to pass as being "friendly for kids". The group said Google should continue to make YouTube Kids safer, and pull all children's content from the main YouTube service.
"For parents who like the current version of YouTube Kids and want a wider selection of content, it's still available".
As TechCrunch reported, the change will allow parents to only show videos that have been hand-picked by YouTube to be suitable for children, rather than ones chosen through the company's algorithm. Along the way, we've never stopped listening to feedback and we're continuing to improve the app. The collections are sorted into categories like "gaming", "learning", and "arts, crafts & DIY".