YouTube Parental Control

  • Enable YouTube Safety Mode on Computer

  • Enable YouTube Safety Mode on iPhone/iPad

  • Enable YouTube Safety Mode on Android

  • Lock Safety Mode on Youtube

  • Filter Contents on YouTube


    How to Enable YouTube Parental Control Settings on Your Child's Devices

    YouTube has been cracking down on keeping the platform safe for kids by supporting only family-friendlyYouTube channels. However, that won’t necessarily take away the existing non-kid-friendly content that is already on the platform. If you want to be able to keep your children away from potentially damaging videos, then you’ll need to learn how to enable YouTube’s Parental Control settings on your child’s devices.

    I’ll be teaching you how to do that in the tutorials below, as well as introducing you to a couple of tools, tips & tricks, and apps that you can explore to ensure your kid’s safety on YouTube!

    Part 1. How to Enable YouTube Safety Mode on Computer

    Part 1. How to Enable YouTube Safety Mode on Computer

    For this first tutorial, I’m going to teach you how to enable YouTube’s Safety Modeon a desktop computer or a personal laptop. If you’re not signed in on google, this setting will only affect the browser. Meaning, if you set it up on Chrome, it won’t work unless you also set it up on Mozilla, Firefox, Internet Explorer, etc.

    Now, if you want to keep this setting enabledfor all the computers that your kid uses, then you’ll need to be signed in on YouTube (if you’re signed in, the settings will be enabled on the account too, rather than just the browser.)

    Step1Click the Options Menu

    At the top right-hand of the YouTube interface is a set of vertical dots. This is the Optionsmenu. Select it in order to access the YouTube Parental Control Settings.

    youtube parental control on computer- how to step 1

    Step2Turn on Restricted Mode

    Once the ‘Options’ menu is open, you’ll need to turn on the Restricted Modesettings. This can be done by selecting the appropriate option (shown in the image below) and following the step as outlined in step 3.

    Step3YouTube’s Restricted Mode

    YouTube’s Parental Control Settings come in the form of the Restricted Mode. This will hide videos that have been tagged to have inappropriate content, allowing your kids to go through their browsing relatively safely.

    Toggle on the switch in order to make sure that the Restricted Mode is activated.

    Part 2. How to Enable YouTube Safety Mode on iPhone/iPad

    For this next tutorial, we’re going to be doing the exact same thing we’ve just done. Except, this time, we’re going to be enabling YouTube’s safe-mode on an iPad. On this tutorial, we’re also going to be demonstrating with the device signed in. So, unlike before, we’re going to be saving the setting directly on the YouTube account (which means that it will apply to all devices that use said account, rather than just the browser — like we demonstrated earlier.)

    Step1Select Your YouTube Account Icon

    If you’re signed in to your account on your iPhone or iPad, click your profile icon at the top-right hand of the screen (which has been pointed out in the image below.)

    Step2Select the Settings Option

    Once the Account menu is opened, select the Settingsoption to move to the next step.

    Step3Toggle on the Restricted Settings

    Again, like before, you’ll need to find the Restricted Modeoption (which is fairly easy to find, as it is at the top of the Settings menu),and toggle on the switch for it.

    youtube parental control on iphone/ipad- how to step 2

    Part 3. How to Enable YouTube Safety Mode on Android

    Let’s do it one more time! This time for an Android device! Again, you’ll notice a couple of minute differences between the demonstration for this device that is different from the ones that I introduced previously. However, the concept stays the same. We’re still going to be turning on the Restricted Mode settings so that we can limit the user’s exposure to inappropriate videos.

    Step1Select Your YouTube Account Icon

    Like with the iPhone/iPad demonstration, start by selecting the icon for your YouTube Account (it should be at the top right-hand side of the interface.)

    youtube parental control on android- how to step 1

    Step2Click the Settings Option

    Next, you need to select the Settingsoption.

    youtube parental control on android- how to step 2

    Step3Select General Settings

    There’s a variety of different settings available in the ‘Settings’ menu. The one you need to select to access the Parental Control Settings is the GeneralSettings option.

    youtube parental control on android- how to step 3

    Step4General Settings

    Finally, locate the Restricted Modeoption and toggle on its switch to enable YouTube’s Parental Control Settings on the account linked to your child’s YouTube account!

    youtube parental control on android- how to step 4

    Part 4. How to Lock Safety Mode on YouTube

    As we mentioned previously, if you want to make sure that the safety mode stays on,you’ll need to do something differently from what we demonstrated in the beginning. In this case, the safety mode won’t lock on just the browser, but on the account linked to the device (just like with the iPhone/iPad and Android demonstrations.)

    Step1Select Settings

    In this demonstration, I will be assuming that you’ve already turned on the Restricted Mode (which you can see in the picture below.) If so, click the Settingsoption to proceed!

    safety mode on youtube - how to step 1

    Step2Sign in to Lock Safety Mode

    If signed out, you’ll be prompted to sign in to whatever Google Account is linked to your YouTube profile. Sign in, so that the safety mode will be locked! Now, you don’t have to worry about it being incidentally turned off because of your browser.

    safety mode on youtube - how to step 2

    Part 5. Apps to Filter Contents on YouTube

    Now that we’ve discussed all the different ways that you might be able to enable the YouTube Parental Control Settings on your device, let’s talk about other tools that you can use to filter the contents seen on YouTube. As you probably know, YouTube’s ‘Restricted Mode’ is not perfect and will not block everything. As such, it may be of benefit to you to try out some of these other apps — so as to catch a wide net over any potential dangers.

    1. NetSanity

    URL:https://netsanity.net/

    The first app on this list is NetSanity. This is a very powerful YouTube parental control app that promises to be both very efficient and very easy to use. This works at the single press of a button (similar to YouTube’s ‘Restricted Mode’ toggle switch),and it will filter out almost everything that you might not want your kids to see. Including, even, any inappropriate comments that may have been left on YouTube videos.

    • One-Click Activation
    • Video Content Filtering
    • YouTube Comments Filtering
    youtube parental control - netsanity

    2. Boomerang Parental Control App

    URL:https://useboomerang.com/

    Next up is Boomerang. This is an app that you can install on your kid’s iOS or Android device in order to filter what they see on YouTube. It’s not as advanced as Netsanity (which was capable of comment filtering),and neither is it the easiest to use (activation will involve several steps),however, it is still perfectly good at what it does, and it will allow you to lock the restricted mode on (so that your child cannot turn it off later.)

    • YouTube Video Content Filtering
    • Available for both iOS and Android Devices
    • The lock is removable only by you
    youtube parental control - boomerang parental control app

    3. Family Time

    URL:https://familytime.io/

    Next is Family Time. This app is a little bit different from the apps that we introduced previously. For one, it’s not strictly for YouTube filtering. However, it does work for issuing Parental Control Settings on apps like YouTube (it’s just not as focused on content filtering.) Use this app if you want the ability to lock your child’s access to YouTube, as well as to track their activity online.

    • YouTube Parental Control Settings
    • YouTube Activity Tracker
    • Several Subscription plans available for all sorts of budgets
    youtube parental control - family time

    Part 6. Tips and Tricks about Parental Control on YouTube

    Finally, we end this six-part guide by introducing some of the most prominent tips and tricks that you need to remember when it comes to the Parental Control settings on YouTube! Unfortunately, it’s not the most straightforward thing in the world (no matter how simple YouTube has tried to make it be. But, hopefully, the following tips can help shed some much-needed light on the situation.)

    Step1Create a YouTube Account for Your Kid!

    In the previous tip, I mentioned that creating an account will allow you to ‘centralize your control.’ What I mean by that is, that you will be able to do what we demonstrated in the 4th part of this article. That is, lock your YouTube Parental Control Settings (not on the browser, but on the account itself),which will make it so that you don’t have to worry about your browser messing up your settings.

    parental control on youtube - step 1

    Step2Centralize Your Controls

    If signed out, you’ll be prompted to sign in to whatever Google Account is linked to your YouTube profile. Sign in, so that the safety mode will be locked! Now, you don’t have to worry about it being incidentally turned off because of your browser.

    Step3Use an App That Locks Parental controls

    If you decide to look towards an outside party for your YouTube filtering, then you might want to find one that will allow you to lock the parental control settings (either by a pin or a password.) Doing that will make it so that your kid can’t accidentally, or purposefully, turn off the filters on their own

    Step4Lock Down on YouTube Comments

    The videos on YouTube aren’t the only thing that you need to watch out for. There’s little that YouTube is able to do to control the influx of comments that it gets, and the Restricted Mode offered by YouTube won’t be able to lock down on this on any acceptable measure. As such, if you want something that actively filters the comment section on the videos your kids areallowed to watch, try out an app like Netsanity (which filters comments as well as video content.)

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    Step5Block YouTube and Install YouTube Kids

    If you absolutely do notwant to risk your kid seeing any inappropriate videos, then the best course of action to take is to shut down your kid’s access to the main YouTube app. And, instead, move them over to the safer YouTube Kids app (which imposes a lot more restrictions on its content creators — and, as such, is so much safer.)

    parental control on youtube - step 5

    Conclusion:How to Enable YouTube Parental Control Settings on Your Child's Devices

    The online environment will not suddenly become safer for your children. If you don’t want them to see unsettling videos or other inappropriate and misleading content, then you’re going to want to take action to put a stop to it — be it with the use of YouTube’s own ‘Restricted Mode’ (which is not perfect, but is definitely still a perfectly functional Parental Control tool) or the other Parental Control apps I introduced up above.

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