Parental control on YouTube and how to set up parental guide

 Parental control on YouTube and how to set up parental guide

Parental control on YouTube and how to set up parental guide

We have wonderful news for the parents of tweens and adolescents! For youngsters in this age range, YouTube is introducing additional parental restrictions. What a relief for those of us who believe it is beneficial to allow children to view some of the YouTube information... but who are worn out from having to keep an eye on everything for our children. Here is how it will operate and how it will look.

First off, YouTube Kids is the choice I suggest for preschool- and early elementary-aged children if you are unfamiliar with it. My daughter, who is in kindergarten, uses this app, even though she has preferences that are, in my opinion, considerably younger than those of most children her age. She enjoys the fact that I can severely restrict her access to things.

However, my 10-year-old and older children prefer to view videos on the real YouTube. And as a mom, I believe there is a lot of value there, ranging from the videos I'm using to homeschool my high schooler through biology this year to the cosmetic instructions to the simple, lighthearted movies that let kids unwind.

The updated parental controls will ensure that you stay on those videos and away from YouTube's more sinister content. Setting up your child's access to YouTube through a "managed Google account" is the first step. Here's how to give your child's existing Google account parental control if they already have one.

You can select one of three levels of access for them on YouTube in your FamilyLink account. They can access videos rated for viewers aged 9 and up on the "Explore" level, which is the first one. The following level, "Explore More," offers them access to all content rated for children ages 13 and up. They can watch any videos that aren't rated for mature audiences (ages 18+) on the last level, "Most of YouTube."

You may still impose screen time limits on YouTube using Family Link for all of these alternatives.

These ratings will be determined by a combination of AI and user tagging of films, so it's extremely probable that some inappropriate videos may get through before being reported (remember the horrifying Peppa Pig parodies that previously managed to bypass YouTube filters?). You might still want to apply an additional independent parental-control filter on top of these settings if you keep a careful eye on what your children see.

The debut date for these controls hasn't been specified by YouTube, although they're "coming soon." As soon as they go live, we'll be sure to notify you here.


There is an endless supply of fantastic YouTube videos for kids, ranging from cartoons to instructive films and everything in between.

On the other hand, there is an endless supply of YouTube videos that children should not be watching, so it's critical to understand how to make YouTube a kid-safe environment.

Thankfully, YouTube's parental settings enable you to do that.

How to configure the Restricted Mode parental controls for YouTube
Although YouTube warns that no filter is 100% accurate, utilizing Restricted Mode to conceal potentially mature films is one technique to filter unsuitable YouTube content.

1. Log in with your Google account on the YouTube website.

2. On the homepage, click your profile photo in the top right.

3. Click Restricted Mode, which is by default off, at the bottom of the pop-up menu.

4. To activate the restricted mode, click the switch next to Activate Restricted Mode in the pop-up window that appears.

5. You can lock Restricted Mode after you enable it to prevent others from disabling it. At the bottom of the Restricted Mode pop-up box, select Lock Restricted Mode on this Browser to accomplish this. After that, log out of your account so that anyone using the browser after you will need your YouTube password to switch YouTube out of Restricted Mode.

Quick tip: Your entire account is not affected by YouTube's Restricted Mode setting; rather, it simply affects the browser you're using. Therefore, you must enable Restricted Mode in Safari and other browsers if you enable it in Google Chrome.

The best way to download YouTube Kids for safety
You should get the YouTube Kids app for your iPhone, iPad, or Android device to go beyond Restricted Mode and give your child an even safer YouTube experience. While not always flawless, the app is meant to exclusively show family-friendly material.

A parent with a Google account can customize specific YouTube Kids accounts via the Settings tab after downloading the app on their device. They can do this to restrict access to particular videos, only permit pre-approved videos, set screen time limits, and more.

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