YouTube's Safety Mode

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    Part 1. What Is YouTube Safety Mode?

    YouTube’s Safety Mode is more of a filterthan anything. It prevents you from running into videos that have been flagged for being inappropriate (the standards of which are of course dependent on YouTube’s own regulations.) YouTube themselves have stated that their filter is not perfect, there will always be videos that trickle down and into the cracks. But that doesn’t mean that it won’t work for you!

    I’ll personally be teaching you how to turn on, or enable, this safety mode for all your devices (whether for yourself or your kid’s account.) So, if you want to check it out to see if it will work for your purposes, then continue reading!

    Part 2. How to Turn on YouTube Safety Mode

    To start off, let’s look at the most basic way of turning on YouTube’s Safety Mode. This is done on a computer, and the settings will be saved directly on whatever browser you are using. Of course, if you want to lock the settings in place permanently, you can also make sure that you’re signed in to the Google Account linked to your YouTube account. In that case, the settings will be saved on your account and not just the browser.

    Both options follow the same tutorial (which is the simple 3-step process outlined below.)

    Step1Open the Options Menu

    Start by opening the Optionsmenu, which is the three vertical dots icon found at the top right-hand side of the YouTube interface.

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    Step2Select Restricted Mode Option

    Once the options menu is opened, locate and select the Restricted Modeoption. This is what YouTube calls its safety features.

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    Step3Turn on Restricted Mode

    If your Restricted Mode is turned off, simply toggle the switch provided to turn it on! This will activate YouTube’s pre-built filters, which will cut back all content that has been flagged inappropriate (either by users or the bots that scour each and every video on the platform.)

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    Part 3. How to Turn on YouTube Safety Mode on iPhone or iPad

    For this next tutorial, we’re going to be looking at how you can do the exact same thing, but this time, on your iOS devices (be it your iPhone, iPad, etc.) Of course, unlike with the previous tutorial, we’re going to be going straight into the YouTube app for this, which will require that you be signed in to a YouTube account (so that the changes you make will be saved on your device and all the other devices that use that account.)

    Step1Open Your Account Settings

    To access the Settings menu, click your account icon (which can be found at the right corner of the YouTube app interface.)

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    Step2Select Settings

    Once the Account settings menu has opened, locate and select the Settings option

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    Step3Toggle on Restricted Mode

    Just like before, we’re going to be toggling on YouTube’s Restricted Mode in order to enable its safety features! Which, much like with the computer version, should filter out any contents that have been marked inappropriate.

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    Part 4. How to Turn on YouTube Safety Mode on Android Mobile

    Next, we’re going to be looking at the Android side of things. Which is arguably pretty similar to what we’ve already shown with the computer and iOS devices. Just, this time, with minor differences in interface design and the location of the settings menu (which is shown in the tutorial below!)

    Step1Open Account Settings

    Start by opening up your Account settings, just like with the iOS demonstration, by clicking your account icon at the right-hand corner of the interface.

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    Step2Select the Settings Option

    Once the Account menu has been opened, locate and then select the Settingsoption.

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    Step3Open General Settings

    In the Settings menu, you will find a variety of different little settings that you can set based on your own preferences. The one you need to select to find the YouTube safety mode feature is the Generalsettings option.

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    Step4Turn on Restricted Mode Setting!

    Now, scroll down to locate the Restricted Mode settings! Which, just like before, you need to enable to turn on! Once enabled, the filters will be activated on the YouTube app of the device (it will not apply to other devices.)

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    Part 5. How to Monitor YouTube Safety or Restricted Mode with Aispyer

    For the last tutorial, we’re going to be venturing outside of YouTube to test out a tool that you can use in order to monitor the YouTube activity of your kid, employee, etc. It will need to be installed and set up in order to work. However, once it’s all set up, monitoring can be performed completely remotely. This means, if you set it up on your kid’s iPhone, you can monitor their YouTube activity on your own device.

    • Monitoring and Tracking features for keeping track of YouTube activity.
    • Social Apps monitoring and management possible remotely.
    • Allow/Block the use of certain apps freely.
    • Browsing history feature for tracking online activity.

    Step1Sign Up with Aispyer

    In order to use Aispyer to monitor YouTube activity, you’ll need to start by signing up for an Aispyer account. You can do this for free on their main website.

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    Step2Purchase a Subscription Plan

    If you want to use Aispyer immediately, you will need to purchase a subscription plan. There is a variety that you can try out (based on your needs and your budget.)

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    Step3Install Aispyer on Target Device

    Next up, you need to install Aispyer on the device you want to track the YouTube activity of. Aispyer has created a short but in-depth video tutorial that you can watch in order to learn how to do this properly for your Android device. Follow the instructions to proceed!


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    Step4Use the Tools on Aispyer Dashboard

    Once your app has been installed on your target device, you can begin monitoring their activity using the tools that can be found on the Aispyer dashboard!

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    Part 6. Tips & Tricks about YouTube Safety Mode

    Finally, we’re going to wrap things up by going through a couple of tips and tricks that you may want to know about when it comes to YouTube’s safety mode! This will range from what can be done on YouTube as well as what can be done outside of YouTube (with the use of other tools.)

    Step1 Sign in to Your YouTube Account

    Although the account feature will not work for all devices (i.e. Androids),having a single account that you use for YouTube should help make it easier to set up controls for your devices. See, in that situation, the chosen settings are not just saved on whatever device you set it up on, it’s saved directly on the account — and thus will be applied to other devices that use said account.

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    Step2 Use YouTube Kids

    If you’re trying to set up your kid with YouTube access, and you find the filters lacking, then the best thing to try is YouTube Kids! It’s on its own separate platform — which you can download and install on your kid’s device. It’s definitely a great alternative, as it imposes a lot more restrictions when it comes to accepted content.

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    Step3 Block YouTube Completely

    Again, if you’re concerned about what your kid is watching on YouTube, then it’s probably for the best to step away from YouTube completely. You can do this by using a tool like Aispyer, which, as was already mentioned, can be used in order to block the installation of chosen apps on a target device (completely at your discretion.)

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    Step4 Use a Different Filter Tool

    If you’re not happy about YouTube’s built-in safety mode, then you may want to consider tossing it aside and trying out a different tool altogether! There is plenty of these kinds of tools out there. NetSanity, for one, is a very popular YouTube Parental Control software that you can set up to establish a filter that will effectively keep the user away from inappropriate content — some of which may or may not have been picked up by YouTube’s own default filters.

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    Step5 Check Regularly or Use a Locking App

    There’s no way of locking the Parental Control settings with a pin or passcode (as is normal with other parental control systems.) So, if you want to make sure that the safety mode stays on, then you’re going to have to either check regularly OR use an app/tool that will allow you to set filters with a permanent lock (that only you will be able to enable/disable.)

    Conclusion:How to Use YouTube's Safety Mode on All Your Devices

    Whether you’re hoping to set up some controls for yourself, your kid, or your employees, the YouTube Safety Mode is the best place to start. It may not be enough for your needs, in which case I’d definitely recommend using another tool — like Aispyer, NetSanity, etc. But it should serve as a good starting point if all you want is light filters on what YouTube (and its users) consider as inappropriate.

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