5 Ways to Make YouTube Safer for Kids

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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!
Android: http://goo.gl/SsDTHh
iOS: http://goo.gl/P0cikI

As with all our tips nothing is ever 100% safe so always keep an eye on what your children do online!

If you think this could be made better, or have a helpful tip to share get in touch with us here

Musical.ly

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What is it?

musical.ly is a video community that allows you to create, share, and discover short music videos. Videos can be up to 15 seconds, and by combining many of the attributes of Vine (looping video app) and Instagram (custom photo filters) and layering on popular music.

Users must be 13+

The risk?

There has been a large number or reports about the dangers of this app by schools, newspapers and even the police. Children have been asked to send indecent images via the app and even groomed on the app. A UK newspaper discovered that two police forces in the UK – one in the West Midlands and one in Merseyside – have launched separate investigations into messages on the app. One has closed the case as the app is based in the US, while the other is ongoing. One officer in the USA said
it is a paedophiles dream

Anyone with children using the musical.ly app please speak with your children about the dangers of being online.

How to make it safer

Step one load the musical.ly app and then click the profile icon in the bottom right comer of the app:


Then when on the profile press the settings icon in the top right corner of the app

Then you will be promoted with two option click on settings


Now you need to turn on the following options:


This will make the account safer but nothing is ever 100% safe and in our opinion this app is very dangerous and should NOT be used without parental monitoring

 

 

HOW TO MAKE YOUR INSTAGRAM PRIVATE

Our basic guide on how to make Instagram private.
A safer Instagram in three easy steps. (Strongly recommended for children’s Instagram profiles)

By setting your Instagram account to private people will have to request to see your images/profile.



Step one
Launce the Instagram application and go to your profile by clicking the profile icon on the bottom right of the screen. See image below:

Step 1

 

Step two
Under your followers and following you will see ‘EDIT YOUR PROFILE’ click that. see image below:

Step 2

Step three
On the next screen under ACCOUNT you will see the option ‘Private Account’ with a on off switch next to it turn that on. See image below:

Step 2

Congratulations you are done and now your Instagram account and images will be safe from unwanted viewers.

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