Children love YouTube. Whether they’re watching funny videos, learning new stuff, or uploading their own creations, they can stay busy on the popular channel. But not everything about YouTube is fun and games.
Here are five ways to make YouTube safer for kids.
Turn on Restricted mode: It’s kind of hard to find, but YouTube has a Restricted mode that will help screen out potentially mature content that you may prefer not to see or don’t want others in your family to see.
To enable this scroll to the bottom of any YouTube page and you will see the Restricted mode option.
here is a video on how to do this:
Subscribe to channels: Encourage your children to subscribe to their favorite channels rather than hunting around on YouTube for the latest ones from a specific creator. Subscribers are notified when a new video is uploaded, plus all their channels are displayed in My Subscriptions, making it easier, and faster, to go directly to the stuff they like. We highly recommend on choosing subscriptions together.
Upload with extreme caution: Monitoring what your children see on YouTube isn’t nearly as important as keeping an eye on what they upload to YouTube. You should NEVER allow your children to upload videos unsupervised or videos that you haven’t watched.This is a good time to sit down and have a conversation with your children about what they should and shouldn’t share on YouTube
Post in private/unlisted: When you click the Upload button, you’re given the option of making videos public (the default setting), private, or unlisted. Making them private mean you can still invite friends and family to see them by adding the appropriate Google Circles to the Share to box or plugging in email addresses. Or you can upload them as unlisted meaning that only people you give the link to can see the video. Again we strongly recommend you check any content your children upload and check who its shared with.
Use YouTube Kids app on phones/tablets: The YouTube Kids app is designed for curious little minds to dive into a world of discovery, learning, and entertainment. The app is easy to use and packed full of age-appropriate videos, channels and playlists. YouTube Kids features popular children’s programming, plus kid-friendly content from filmmakers, teachers, and creators all around the world. You can get the app on any Android or iOS device it is free!
As with all our tips nothing is ever 100% safe so always keep an eye on what your children do online!
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