A pilot for the DIY classification system will run in the UK, Italy and the Netherlands over the summer.
To simplify things the trial will use three ratings:
- Green: Parental Guidance
- Amber: 12 - 15
- Red: 18
This is very good news. The current Safety Mode controls on YouTube are no where near sufficient for avoiding unsuitable content on YouTube.
Content producers are in a good position to provide a rating for their content and mechanisms can then be put in place for users to provide feedback on those ratings.
The problem I encounter the most in user generated content is bad language. Quite often it's young video creators that are the worst - they get overexcited when reviewing a toy or playing a video game and use bad language.
I think a system like this where they have to go through a set of questions would make them stop and think about whether their content is suitable for the intended audience.
As a parent I'd be quite happy to provide feedback on age suitability of videos as I encounter them.
Hopefully this is the first step towards being able to provide a more nuanced filtered version of YouTube that is suitable for kids.
Source: The Observer