Ensuring the safety of a child on the Internet is one of the most difficult tasks that parents of the 21st century have to face. There are millions of websites and apps that your child shouldn’t read, see or listen to. Just look at music—it’s easier than ever for kids to listen to songs that mention things they’re just not ready for.
If you’re concerned about your child’s musical tastes, don’t be Spotify for kids try. This brand new alternative to a full-fledged music streaming service locks down its music library, offering only safe and kid-friendly alternatives, but how different is it from the core Spotify experience?
What is Spotify for Kids?
Spotify Kids is not a stand-alone service, but is available as part of the wider Spotify Premium family subscription ($14.99 per month). This gives parents control—you can limit your kids’ listening habits and limit them to safer, family-friendly songs and music.
The service boasts thousands of songs specially selected by Spotify’s “experts” for children. Different categories are available, with music aimed at younger children under the age of 6, as well as a category for children under the age of 12.
It also includes controls that allow you to block which category an account can listen to, whether it’s for older children (under 6) or older children (under 12). Unlike standard Spotify, Spotify Kids accounts are locked down — there’s no access to anything but the ad-free music content that Spotify selects for the Kids app, based on age.
The Spotify Kids app is only available on mobile devices — you need an iOS or Android device to be able to listen. You’ll also need to create a Spotify Kids account associated with your Family Premium subscription.
Is Spotify for Kids Really Safe for Kids?
Well, as safe as it gets! Spotify is following other major services like Netflix and YouTube in launching a kid-friendly alternative to the main service it offers. However, this does not always mean that the service is safe – YouTube has faced problems, for example, with dangerous content appearing in the YouTube Kids app.
However, unlike YouTube, Spotify Kids content is not selected by an algorithm. According to Spotify, their own team has hand-picked all the music available for kids in the Spotify Kids app. There are no ads, so your child won’t have access to third-party content either.
With PIN-lockable parental controls, you can even set limits on the music in the app — for example, younger kids can keep out teen music.
How to create a Spotify account for kids
To create a Spotify account for children, you will need to use one of the available slots in your Spotify Premium Family subscription. As a Premium Family subscriber, you can have up to six family members linked to your subscription.
- To get started, download and install the Spotify Kids app on your Android or iOS device. The first time you launch the app, you’ll need to sign up for an account—tap Sign in and log in to your own Spotify Premium Family account first.
Only account managers can log in, so make sure your account has permissions to do so. If you do not have a Premium Family membership, you will be prompted to upgrade at this point.
- You will be asked if you are the appropriate legal guardian for your child. Tap the flag, then tap Continue continue.
- A four-digit PIN is required to restrict access to the parental control section of Spotify Kids. Enter this, click in order to continue, then repeat the steps to confirm that the PIN is correct.
- You will be able to create a Spotify Kids account in the next step. Enter your child’s name in the appropriate field. You can also include your child’s date of birth, but this is optional – enter it if you want to. When you’re ready, tap Continue continue.
- As we mentioned, Spotify offers two music categories for kids. touch Audio for older children if your child is between the ages of 5 and 12 (or older), or Audio for younger children if they are under 6 years of age. touch Continue to move on to the next step when you’re ready.
- You can set an animated avatar for the child at the final stage of setup. Choose the character you (or your child) likes, then click check mark button to complete the setup process.
Once you select a character avatar for your child, the account will be set up. Your child can start using the app to play music by selecting a category or using the search tool.
How to access Spotify for parental control kids
From time to time, you may need to change your parental control settings in Spotify Kids. You can do this if you want to create another Spotify Kids account, change your PIN, change the category of music your child can listen to, or delete your Spotify Kids account entirely.
- To do this, open the Spotify Kids app and tap the character avatar icon in the top left corner. Click here Parental settings button You will need to enter your access PIN to gain access.
- If your PIN is accepted, you’ll be able to view various details about your Spotify Kids account. touch Change PIN code if you want to change your PIN, or tap the account below Children’s accounts to make certain changes to your account.
- In the account settings for your Spotify Kids account, you can edit the name or date of birth listed in the account using the text fields provided. Tap to change the music category Change under Content customization section or faucet Remove to delete the account completely. touch check mark button in the upper right corner to save any changes.
Safe listening with Spotify for kids
With Spotify for Kids, you can be sure your child won’t suddenly start listening to adult-only content. If you’re worried about TV, you can block Netflix to stop filtering adult shows as well.
For parents, peace of mind is key, but don’t forget to make the most of your Spotify Premium Family account yourself by using these little-known Spotify tricks to get the most out of your favorite music streaming service.