YouTube does a pretty good job at filtering out inappropriate content, but given its dominance in the Social Media world, you are pretty well guaranteed that there may be videos that are not appropriate for kids. To help parents, Youtube offers a safety feature called “Safety Mode” that is designed to help parents filter out inappropriate video from beng viewed on a computer or even a smartphone. Although this feature offers a nice filtering ability, it still has its weaknesses so as always, young children should be supervised while using YouTube even when Safety Mode is activated.
1. First step’s first: Go to the computer that your kids use and visit YouTube.com.
2. Log in by clicking the “Sign In” button in the top right corner. You’ll be prompted to log in using your Gmail account information. If you don’t have a Gmail account, creating one is fast, easy and free.
Please note: This should be YOUR Gmail account, not one that you share with your child. Only you should know the password–it’s the key to locking Safety Mode and keeping it that way!
Also, if your username and password automatically fill into the username and password fields (autofill), you’ll want to disable that by following this quick and easy guide.
3. Once you’ve logged in, scroll all the way down to the bottom of the YouTube homepage and look for a link that says “Safety Mode: Off”. Click the “Off” link.
4. Click the “On” radio button and then click “Save and lock safety mode on this browser”. Doing this will ensure that, even if you’re logged out, Safety Mode will stay on.
Another thing to keep in mind: Safety Mode only stays locked on one web browser on that particular computer user account. So, if each of your kids has their own user account make sure you enable Safety Mode for each account and the browser they’ll use on that account. My advice: most parents don’t have the time to activate Safety Mode on a bunch of browsers, so keep one browser on your computer and uninstall the rest.
Setting up YouTube Safety Mode on Your Child’s Smartphone –
Unfortunately, the only way to do this is to use the full version (Desktop version) of YouTube on your child’s mobile browser. Right now, for example, if you go to YouTube on your child’s phone, chances are you’ll be sent to the mobile version of the site. This doesn’t help. You need to scroll down to the bottom and click the link called “Desktop“. This will force the phone to display the full version of YouTube, allowing you to follow the same steps above to enable Safety Mode.