Spotify is home to tens of millions of songs. The music streaming service’s vast library helps ensure there’s something for everybody’s musical taste. Not all of these tracks are appropriate for young ears though, and this is something Spotify has tried to address in a new update.
Spotify has added parental controls to its “Premium Family” package (which costs $15 per month) so you can filter explicit content for certain family members. The update started rolling out in Ireland last month and it should reach all regions where Spotify Premium Family is available in the coming months.
If you already have the update, or want to know what to do when you get it, here’s how to set up parental controls in Spotify.
Parental controls for Spotify Premium Family
Disabling explicit content is simple and it works on a per-family member basis. Once you set this up for a family member, explicit song titles will be greyed out for that user, and they won’t be able to listen to them.
Only the Spotify Premium Family account holder may adjust these controls.
Note that you can also do this for a single account, via the “Allow Explicit Content” option in Spotify’s settings menu. You can use this control if you share one account on a family PC, for example.
Below, you’ll find instructions for activating parental controls for Premium Family accounts on PC and on mobile.
How to set up Spotify parental controls on PC:
- Visit www.spotify.com in a web browser.
- Click Log in at the top right of the page and enter the details log into your account.
- Click Premium Family in the left-hand column.
- In the People on this plan section, click on the account name of the member whose account you want to control.
- On their profile page, click the Allow explicit content toggle (which is enabled by default) to switch it off. This will block explicit content on that person’s account.
How to set up Spotify parental controls on mobile:
- Visit www.spotify.com in a web browser.
- Tap the hamburger (three lines) button at the top right, tap Log in, then enter your account details.
- Tap the drop-down menu that says Account Overview, then tap Premium Family.
- In the People on this plan section, tap on the account name of the member whose account you want to control.
- On their profile page, tap the Allow explicit content toggle (which is enabled by default) to switch it off. This will block explicit content on that person’s account.
And there you have it, you should now have explicit Spotify parental controls set up for certain family members.
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October 30, 2019
Spotify is committed to bringing audio content such as music and stories to more people in more ways–including the next generation of listeners. That’s why we decided to launch a fun standalone app designed with safety in mind specifically for kids and families.*
We sat down with Alex Norström , Spotify’s Chief Premium Business Officer, to learn a little more about the app.
1. Why create a Spotify Kids app now? What can users look forward to?
We know that families love listening together—whether it’s while driving in the car or cooking dinner together in the kitchen. But we also know that family members love to listen on their own too. That’s why we’re so excited to welcome the next generation of listeners—kids—into the Family Plan experience.
Kids consuming audio content, such as music and stories, isn’t a new phenomenon—in fact, they love it. But most audio experiences were built with adults in mind—meaning they’re not simple, easy, or fun for young kids to use.
Spotify Kids was born out of the desire to create a playground of sound just for kids—to build a place where younger kids can explore their favorite music and stories in a fun environment. The content is ad-free and hand-picked by a team of editors, and the experience is bursting with color. Our visuals help guide young minds through the app with simple navigation and scaled-back text. Before setting out to explore, each kid can also select a custom avatar and color theme to personalize their experience.
Spotify Kids is a composite of playlists, which makes it easy for kids to find music and stories from their favorite movies and TV shows or hit plays on a playlist to sing along to during their favorite activity—or their least favorite chore.
We’re thrilled to beta launch in Ireland and look forward to introducing Spotify Kids in all markets that have Premium Family in the coming months. As we evolve the app experience, we’ll roll out enhanced parental settings and controls for even more customization in an effort to give parents peace of mind.
2. How is the Spotify Kids app different from the original app? Any unique content?
Spotify Kids is a standalone app available exclusively for Premium Family subscribers and intended for kids ages 3+. The content within Kids is hand-picked by a team of editors, who have nearly 100 years of combined experience curating content for kids. They come from some of the most well-respected brands in this space, including Nickelodeon, Disney, Discovery Kids, and Universal Pictures, as well as Public Service in Sweden and BookBeat, which is a family- and kids-oriented audio streaming service.
Beyond the content, the entire Spotify Kids user experience looks and feels different from the Spotify app. And that’s intentional. It’s built for kids, with their specific cognitive skills in mind, and exudes a fun, familiar, playful, and bright atmosphere. This look and feel also varies by age group—for example, the artwork for younger kids is softer and character-based, while content for older kids is more realistic and detailed.
3. Why launch in beta? What are you hoping to learn?
Having a standalone app specifically for younger kids is a new space for Spotify, and we understand the sensitivities around content for children. We are being very deliberate in our launch approach. We’ve started with a beta launch in Ireland, knowing that this initial roll-out phase will yield many learnings from parents, caregivers and other experts as they begin to interact with the app.
As we evolve the Spotify Kids experience over time, we plan to enhance parental control features to allow for even more customization. We’ll also bring our audio expertise to the table with listening experiences that go beyond music—like more stories and audiobooks and eventually podcasts.
4. As you were building the app, did you tap any external resources? Say, consult with any parent organizations or conduct focus groups?
While launching this kids app is an exciting moment for Spotify, creating it was not a task we took lightly. We knew the importance of understanding parents’ needs and making sure they would have peace of mind about the content their kids are consuming.
Spotify has spent more than two years learning about this space, and we’ll continue to learn as people begin to interact with the app. We have gathered expert insight from a number of organizations, including the National Children’s Museum in Washington, D.C., and conducted our own studies with parents around the world and tapped into our Employee Resource Groups here at Spotify.
Spotify Kids is available starting today in Ireland. Ready to get started? Spotify Premium Family master account holders can simply download Kids from the App Store or Google Play, then sign in to their regular Spotify account. (If you’re new to Spotify, you’ll need to sign up for Premium Family before signing in to Spotify Kids.)
For those outside of Ireland, Kids will be rolling out to all markets that currently have Premium Family. Be sure to check back here for more or check out spotify.com/ie/kids .
*Update March 17, 2020: Spotify Kids has also rolled out in Argentina, Brazil, and Mexico.
Update February 11, 2020: Spotify Kids has also rolled out in the UK and Australia.
Update November 27, 2019: Spotify Kids has also rolled out in Denmark, Sweden, and New Zealand.
Update May 12, 2020: Spotify Kids has also rolled out in Germany and Japan.
Spotify Parental Control Settings
Spotify is a popular music-streaming service. With Spotify’s Premium Family Plan, parents can control the Explicit Content Filter setting for all users associated with the account. This plan also features:
- Family Mix: Families get access to a personalized playlist with songs for the whole family. Family Mix is updated regularly and you can control who is in each session to optimize your family’s favorite music.
- Family Hub: The Family Hub allows the account owners to manage their Family’s settings in one place, including adding or removing family members, keeping the home address up to date, and adjusting your parental controls.
- Six Accounts: Spotify Premium Family still provides six individual Spotify Premium accounts for family members living under one roof, meaning you’ll keep your own saved music and playlists.
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Spotify has really been active over the past few months, updating its app to include everything from podcast discovery features to curated mixes for your morning commutes.
Spotify’s latest addition to the music streaming app includes a tool that gives adults better control over the content children listen to.
Rolling out on Monday in Ireland and spreading to other countries “soon,” Spotify’s new Premium Family Plan allows parents to filter out songs with swearing and other explicit content. The ability to toggle the feature off will be password protected so kids can’t do it themselves without knowledge of the parent’s passcode.
“At a time where parents are trying to reduce screen time for both themselves and their family, we’re creating more ways for families to bond over music together, while still celebrating individual tastes and giving parents more control if they want it,” Spotify’s chief premium business officer Alex Norstrom said in a press release.
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The company says the parental control feature was “long-requested” on community boards.
There’s also a new “Family Mix” feature that gives you and your loved ones access to the same personalized playlist. It will be updated periodically and includes an option to limit who can listen to a specific “session.”
Spotify is expected to remain the top dog in music streaming for the foreseeable future. (Photo: Spotify)
The Premium Family plan, which costs $14.99 for up to six people who reside at the same address, reduces costs for families since a standard Premium account is $9.99 for one person.
The news comes as Spotify tests out a price increase for family subscribers in Scandinavia to see whether it can bump up prices around the world, according to a recent report.
Spotify first launched its regular Family plan in 2014, and says that the most-listened-to artists for families include Ariana Grande, Drake and Billie Eilish. The single “Shallow” by Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga was one of the top most-streamed songs globally across plan members since it launched five years ago.
My children love to listen to music. I mostly blame my husband, who is a musician, for this fact. Ever since they were really little they had to go to sleep listening to music. They used to be content with a CD player, softly playing their favorite songs, but now they have grown up a little bit. They would like to use their phone as their music player. However, we have a rule in our house that phones must be turned in at night. So the hunt was on for a music player for kids that didn’t require their smartphone to use.
The solution: Jooki the Smart Music Player for Kids!
When I was at CES I came across the Jooki smart music player for kids. As soon as I saw it, I knew this was the answer I have been wanting. The company was kind enough to send me one to review. They also let me know about a forthcoming feature that I was unable to discuss, UNTIL NOW! I’m super excited about this device, and now I get to finally talk about it!
The device itself looks like a normal speaker. The top has a power button, a “next” and “previous” track button, and volume controls. It is bright and soft, which makes it perfect for a kids room. Where this music player for kids really distinguishes itself is the fact that it comes with several soft toys. Each toy can be programmed with its own playlist.
Jooki can connect with Spotify playlists
If you have music downloaded to your device already, you can select songs from the device to add to the Jooki app and create a playlist based on those songs. OR you can connect the app to Spotify and use one of the toys to connect to an already created Spotify playlist. I love using this feature so I don’t have to recreate all of their playlists.
The one thing to be careful about when you connect your Spotify playlist to one of the tokens is that it is still limited by Spotify’s terms of service. Meaning you would need separate Spotify accounts for your different Jooki devices if your children wanted to listen in their own rooms at the same time. The phone is not needed to use the playlist after it has been connected, which is perfect.
Once you have the playlists all configured to their individual tokens, Jooki makes it easy to listen. To change the songs or playlist on their music player, they just switch the toy on top. When your child is ready for a different playlist, they take the toy off the top of the music player and then switch it with the token that is associated with the playlist they want to listen to.
Jooki Build Quality
The music player is charged with a standard Micro USB cable, and also has a headphone jack. The panel at the bottom also includes a slot for a MicroSD card. You are able to add downloaded songs to the player through the card.
Sound quality on the speaker is great, even when streaming. It is not going to blow you away with the sound quality. However, for a music player for kids, it definitely gets the job done appropriately.
As mentioned above, it is also extremely durable. The speaker is splash-proof (but not water-proof, so try not to submerge it in the bath or pool). The battery will last approximately 8 hours of continuous play before it needs to be charged again. We typically just keep it plugged in at night.
Jooki also comes complete with some parental control settings. You can turn the speaker off remotely at any time, and you can also set a maximum volume level to make sure kids aren’t hurting their ears. Soon you will also be able to set a bedtime for Jooki so it will turn off at a certain time. My kids typically listen all night, so we won’t need that feature anyway.
Overall, the Jooki music player for kids has been the perfect solution to my problem. My kids don’t need their phones to listen to music at night, and I can sleep better.
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Introduce your child to a playground of sound with Spotify Kids. Packed with singalongs, soundtracks and playlists made for young listeners, the app is an easy way for children of all ages to discover music in a fun environment. Included with a Spotify Premium Family subscription. Try Spotify Kids free for 3 months with a Premium Family trial. Cancel anytime.
Spotify Kids lets your child:
Listen to audio they love with their own account
Explore their tastes, without hearing explicit content
Discover music handpicked for kids by our experts
Hear playlists made just for young listeners
Play their favorite tracks offline
Important information about the app:
-To use the app, you need to subscribe to Spotify Premium Family first.
– A Kids profile counts as 1 account in your Premium Family plan. You can create up to 5 Kids accounts for your Family plan, and download the app to as many devices as you want.
– The app uses your device’s internal storage to store downloaded music for offline play.
– The app streams content over WiFi and mobile networks, so check your data package and allowance with your mobile network provider.
– The app asks for your child’s name and age. This is used to showcase the most relevant content for your child and to personalise their experience using the app. Children may see different content, depending on their age. All information is fully encrypted.
Spotify is expanding the capabilities of its parental controls on its Spotify Kids app, aimed at children ages 3 and up on a parent’s Spotify Premium Family plan. Before, parents could only select whether the child was directed to the experience for younger or older children. Now, they’ll be able to specifically block content from their child’s account when accessing the child’s listening history.
These features had been hinted at when Spotify Kids made its U.S. debut in March. At the time, Spotify said it heard from parents testing the app in other markets how they wanted to have even more control over the app’s included content. Though the company didn’t detail its plans then, it did say new features would involve allowing parents making more specific choices over what their child could stream.
Both new features are now included in the PIN-protected “Grown Ups” section, previously called the “Parental Settings.” Once there, a parent can select which child’s account they want to to update or view.
The Listening History option will allow them to view every track the child has streamed on the Spotify Kids app over the past three months. From here, a parent can also opt to select a track and block it by tapping the “block” icon next to the track in question.
These blocked tracks are then removed from the child’s account and can’t be streamed. However, parents can unblock the track further down the road if they choose, by accessing either the Listening History section or the Blocked Tracks section and tapping the red icon next to each track.
Spotify says these new features are the first step in many planned updates for its Kids application, which today includes more than 8,000 kid-appropriate songs, stories, audiobooks and sounds that are curated into 125+ playlists. Though the app is aimed at kids young and old, many children will age out of it around their tweens, despite its support for an “older kids” experience. That’s because kids have established some favorite artists and musical preferences by then, and the more limited catalog on Spotify Kids doesn’t deliver. Plus, the downside of hand-curation means newly emerging hits — like, say, those blowing up on TikTok — may not make an appearance on Spotify Kids until later.
While it makes sense that Spotify would focus more immediately on parental controls catering to parents of the younger children, in time being able to go the other direction — perhaps a whitelisting option or the import of pre-approved playlists — would be appreciated by parents of older kids.
The Spotify Kids app is now live across 14 global markets, including as of today, Japan and Germany.
For parents, there seems to be a never-ending amount of things to monitor for your child. Music has been a difficult one for many. Now, Spotify Kids is making it a little easier for parents to keep track of what their little ones are listening to.
The Spotify Kids app, which first launched last October, is rolling out new features that allow parents to access their kids’ listening histories. Parents can not only see what their kids have been listening to, but can also block content that they feel is inappropriate for them.
By going to the “Grown Ups” section of the app’s account settings, parents can access histories for multiple children. From there, they can block inappropriate tracks with the push of a button.
These aren’t the first tools the digital music, podcast, and video streaming service has rolled out to help families. Last August, Spotify introduced a special family plan to help wrangle tunes, moderate and share music.
The family plan costs $15/month and allows for six individual user accounts (on their own devices) living in the same house. Yes, that means even if your loved ones are traveling they’ll be able to use Spotify (provided the country they’re in offers it), so long as those in the shared plan all reside under one roof.
Curious about what the family as a whole gravitates towards musically? In addition to the normal playlists, you can add songs to a personalized Family Mix. Don’t worry, you can control who’s in each session so you don’t get flooded with Baby Shark. Parents also have full control over explicit content with a filter that manages all accounts under one main account control.
In addition to explicit content control, Spotify has its own policy around hate and conduct that notes kinds of content being granted to users, regardless of parental controls.
Photo: LightFieldStudios, iStock
“Spotify does not permit content whose principal purpose is to incite hatred or violence against people because of their race, religion, disability, gender identity, or sexual orientation,” Spotify’s website states. “As we’ve done before, we will remove content that violates that standard. We’re not talking about offensive, explicit, or vulgar content – we’re talking about hate speech.”
Spotify has taken a stance to collectively help moderate content that meets those criteria and that… well, haven’t aged as well. Some of these songs are now moderated without even having to add child control. Spotify has made a point to be mindful that kids may be using phones to listen to content and are censoring select parts of explicit content with this in mind. For example, the song Teenage Dirtbag by the band Wheatus (made the year before Columbine) has a line about bringing a gun to school that’s completely inaudible on mobile devices.
All in all, there are quite a few reasons why getting a Spotify family plan might be a good thing to consider. Baby Shark notwithstanding. Now get down and boogie!