YOUTUBE is launching a PG version of its service so adult's can take more control of what older children watch. The new 'Supervised’ mode should appear in the account options section later this year in over 80 countries. It's aimed at parents of tweens or teens who think their child has outgrown YouTube Kids but don't want them to see the full blown weird world of YouTube just yet. Parents will need to set up the account for their child. The child won't be able to post videos or comments and various content filters can be applied. James Beser, YouTube’s director of product management for kids and family, said on a blogpost: "We’ve heard from parents and older children that tweens and teens have different needs, which weren’t being fully met by our products. "As children grow up, they have insatiable curiosity and need to gain independence and find new ways to learn, create and belong." Supervised accounts will first launch in the beta version of YouTube. … [Read more...] about YouTube adds genius new ‘Supervised’ mode for parents with app-addicted kids and teens
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A SAVVY couple managed to double the value of their house with a smart renovation - and it’s now worth £2 million. Mum Tracey Gill and her husband bought the house in a small village near East Sussex in 2016, and have been transforming it ever since. Tracey says her husband gave her a fairly wide brief when house-hunting, explaining he said: “Find a house ripe for transformation in the prettiest location. I knew I could change any house we bought so the important factor was the land and location.” The house, which they bought for £1.25million, dates back to 1730 in places and had low ceilings - not great for Tracey's 6ft4ins husband. Describing the state they bought it in, the mum-of-two said: “It was covered in cream pebble dash with concrete roof tiles, a north facing conservatory on the front of the house, modern leaded light windows, low ceilings, dark rooms, artexed walls, cheap fittings, decades old carpets, pink shag pile in the bathroom and an unimaginative … [Read more...] about Couple double the value of their house with stunning renovation and it’s now worth £2million
Day 340 of the social distancing measures and I am ready to announce a clear winner of my award for the Most Annoying Zoom Background of Lockdown . A roll on the drums, please, for that bumptious self-promoter Grant Shapps , whose survival in ministerial office is one of the enduring mysteries of modern politics. (He’s now the Transport Secretary, if you’re wondering, entrusted with the nation’s hopes of regaining the right to a foreign holiday sometime before the crack of doom.) Heaven knows, I try to be charitable in this column. But I defy even the kindest-hearted among us to look at the elaborately staged background to Mr Shapps’s Zoom appearances from his home without thinking: ‘Goodness, what a twerp!’ Grant Shapps, pictured, appeared on Robert Peston's ITV show with the British Civil Air Ensign emblazoned with the Union Flag, draped as usual from a floor-standing flagpole Take Wednesday night, when he appeared via Zoom on Robert Peston’s ITV show. There he … [Read more...] about TOM UTLEY: My plea for the future? We see the back of hideously vain Zoom poseurs like Grant Shapps
HE’S sold over 40 million books and been responsible for many reluctant readers enjoying stories - and for this year’s World Book Day, David Walliams is presenting a free virtual World Book Day School Assembly. Dad of one, David, 49, will be in conversation with Blue Peter’s, Lindsey Russell on Thursday where he will talk about the joy of reading, as well as reading an extract from Fing, which has just been released in paperback. David published his first book in 2008, The Boy in the Dress - about Dennis, who would rather wear girls' clothes instead of boys. Since then, he’s written 29 more books including Code Name Bananas that came out in November 2020 - and not since Roald Dahl, who wrote Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the BFG and Matilda, has an author captured children’s imaginations in such a way. Walliams, who for the last two years has written FOUR BOOKS a year, says; “Although schools are still closed for this year’s World Book Day I think it’s important to … [Read more...] about David Walliams to host FREE World Book Day assembly as he encourages kids to get reading
STAR has landed on Disney+, delivering hundreds of new TV shows and movies. Here's a total guide to the brilliant binge-watching update. What is Star on Disney+? Disney+ has quickly become one of the world's biggest platforms, rivalling even Netflix . It's got household franchises from Disney, Star Wars , Marvel , Nat Geo and more. But much of the content is child-friendly, so Disney+ is hoping to change that with Star. Star arrived on Tuesday, February 23, and adds a huge selection of more adult-oriented content. When did Disney+ launch in the UK? The service launched in the US back in 2019. But Disney+ only made its way to the UK in March 2020. Disney+ Star is now available in both the US and UK. How much does Star on Disney+ cost? Star is included with the price of Disney+. The bad news is that the introduction of Star to Disney+ also heralds a price rise. From February 23, new Disney+ subscribers will pay £7.99 a month rather than … [Read more...] about What is Star on Disney+, is it free and when did it launch?