YouTube has launched an update for their app and their in-browser site. The update features a whole new theme (dark-mode,) a new logo, speed controls, and more compatibility with different video dimensions. The logo and dark mode are welcomed changes among YouTube users and the ability to work better with verticle smartphone videos seems to be a no brainer these days. Much of the update has been available as a beta test for some users but the availability went public today. New gesture controls allow you to fast forward or rewind videos and they’re hinting at the ability to swipe between previous and next videos. Finally, they are continuing to update the app to feature recommended videos on the lower third of the screen during playback. While you may only watch YouTube videos within your Facebook timeline when your friends share them. Your kids are using YouTube every single day and it’s one of the top search engines in the world. This update is a big deal.
What Parents Should Know
Many of our kids spend hours per day watching videos on YouTube. Some of them even produce their own content. You can guarantee that they have noticed (or were anticipating) this update. Why not use the knowledge you learned in this article to start up a conversation with them about their activity on the site and app. Ask them about their channel. How many subscribers do they have? What kind of content do they produce? What kind of things do people say in comments? You should know these things and this update is a welcome way to bring up the topic.
Here is some advice for you to wrap up this article. I recommend subscribing to your kids’ YouTube channel if they have one. If you don’t know if they have one or not you should ask. Even better is the option or logging in to their account on your own device so that you get notifications whenever they get comments and messages. Maybe you could share a channel or account with them. Then you can see their viewing history and know what kinds of videos they are watching based on what’s being recommended by YouTube. Either way, you should be involved with what video content your kids are taking in and producing. Using this latest update to spark the conversation is a great idea.