Whether you are searching for kid shows, videos of nursery rhymes or energised motion pictures to keep your children entertained, YouTube has everything for everyone. However, how do you childproof YouTube for your kids and keep them safe from inappropriate videos?
In this article I will show you how to hide “age-restricted” videos from your kids.
A basic search shows that YouTube has more than 65,000 “Mickey Mouse” and more than 56,000 “Tom and Jerry” kid videos. Some of these videos was ripped from DVDs and transferred to YouTube illegally, although that is a topic for another article.
The big issue with YouTube, and other video sharing website on the Internet, is that the videos you find could not be appropriate for youngsters. Your kids will find many “alright for children” videos on YouTube, but can also find many videos they are not supposed to see.
How to Childproof YouTube
Now, how can you childproof YouTube? There is a security setting in YouTube that, when turned on, will hide inappropriate or unsafe videos.
To turn-on the security mode, open YouTube, go to the bottom of the screen and switch on the “Restricted Mode” setting. This would block all inappropriate or grown-up videos on YouTube. It will hide videos containing scenes of violence and shocking images.
The video below will give you a short introduction and show you exactly how to enable Restricted Mode on YouTube.
More about YouTube’s Restricted Mode
Restricted Mode in YouTube is not a permanent setting, meaning that once you close YouTube it will revert back to its default off state.
If you want to make Restricted Mode permanent, sign into YouTube with your Google Account and select “Lock Restricted Mode on this browser” and save the settings as shown below:
Other options to Childproof YouTube
Restricted Mode is an excellent option to Childproof YouTube, however it is not perfect. Because YouTube depends on the “group sourcing” model to flag age-restricted material – if the “group” does not flag a video as restricted, the video will not be hidded in Restricted Mode.
While testing, I found that YouTube mainly blocked videos related to terms like “stripped” and “sex”. however the filtering failed in many cases.
Make a separate playlist for your kids
If you truly want to control what your kids see, you can make a separate playlist in your YouTube channel containing just the videos you want your kids to watch. YouTube does not support Flash playlists on iPad, but there are free applications that will help your kids watch the full playlist on iPad.
Furthermore, there are easy to follow methods to unblock any blocked website which can easily be found by your kids and use to bypass YouTube’s restricted mode. So, it is a good idea to always monitor your children’s activity on the internet.
We will soon discuss some apps to monitor Internet activity you can use to keep an eagle-eye on your children while they use the internet. If I missed anything in this article or I got something wrong, please let me now in a comment and I will correct it as soon as possible.