Announced today, Spotify Kids now makes it possible for parents to do a couple of additional things to help keep their kids safe while using the app. The first is the ability for parents to check in on their kids’ “Listening History”, which will allow them to see what, exactly, their kids are listening to. And if the parent or guardian sees something in that list that they don’t approve of, they can now block that song or audio story so the kids can’t listen to it again.
Be aware, though: This blocking feature only works when the song or audio story has already been listened to. So if you know of a song you definitely don’t want your kids to listen to, you’ll need to actually play it using the child’s Spotify Kids account for a few seconds. Once that’s done, parents can block the song.
That’s why starting today, parents can access their kids’ “Listening History” as well as block individual songs or audio stories from appearing in the Spotify Kids app. It’s an added level of control and comfort, created for both great audio experiences and parental peace of mind.
Spotify has made it very simple to access these new features:
- Log into the “grown-ups” section of Spotify Kids.
- Tap the account you want to check out.
- Head to “Listening History.”
- From here, tap the “block” icon beside a track to hide it.
- Once hidden, that song won’t be visible anywhere in the child’s app.
- Note: Blocking a song only removes it from that child’s account so you can customize what each kid is able to listen to.
- You can unblock content at any time by revisiting the PIN-protected “Listening History” or “Blocked Content” and tapping the icon again.
The new features are rolling out today. Spotify Kids is a free download, but it does require the parents to be Spotify Premium subscribers. You can check out a video highlight reel of the new additions below.
Have you tried out Spotify Kids? If you’re an Apple Music subscriber, would you like to see something like this? Let us know in the comments below!