In the time that it takes you to read this post, 14 million videos will be watched on YouTube. YouTube is now the world’s largest video network, used to entertain, educate, market and everything in between. A lot of that entertainment and targeting is aimed at our children.
Out of those 14 million views, more than half will be watched from mobile devices. Many phones and tablets already come with the YouTube app installed. It comes included as a part of the already-installed apps on iPhones, iPads, Android devices, and even devices that will be used by kids. If your child receives a new tablet or phone, setting up parental controls for YouTube should be one of the first things that you do before your child uses the device. If your child already uses a device with the YouTube app installed, setting parental controls and age restrictions is now imperative and of the utmost importance to their safety.
Who Is Using YouTube and Is It Safe?
Out of the U.S, teenagers between the ages of 13 and 17 that use the internet, 85% of them use YouTube. Users watch one billion hours of YouTube videos every day, but just what are all of those people watching? More importantly, what is YOUR child watching? What are they seeing and hearing? One billion of the videos on YouTube are captioned, so even if the viewing content isn’t inappropriate, the audio could be.
Parents need to take charge. They need to ensure that their kids are not seeing harmful videos that contain mature content or child predators. Thank goodness there is a parental control for YouTube that can make it much safer for your child.
What Is Restricted Mode for YouTube?
Restricted Mode offers some protection for your child. It hides some videos from your child that may contain inappropriate content or have been flagged by other users. The setting will say that “No filter is 100% accurate, but it should help you avoid most inappropriate content.” Setting your device to be in Restricted Mode will hide videos from your child’s search and will make the suggested videos more suitable for younger users and teens.
How to Set Parental Controls For YouTube Browser
To access the parental control settings, go to the YouTube.com site and click the Sign In. Log into your Google account. Next, click on your face up in the right-hand corner. If you didn’t upload a profile picture, there will just be a round icon. Once you click on the icon, a menu will drop down. Look for “Restricted Mode” in the menu. Turn Restricted Mode on by clicking on the slider. It should turn blue when it is activated. To ensure that your account is in Restricted Mode, close the tab and reopen it again. Check the setting to see if it is still in Restricted Mode.
If you want to lock the setting, look at the bottom of the menu and click Lock Restricted Mode on This Browser. You will be prompted to sign in, and the setting can only be changed by logging into your Google account and using your password.
Restricted Mode must be turned on every device or browser that you use. Merely changing the setting in your browser account settings will not affect apps associated with that account. You must also change the settings for smartphones and tablets using the YouTube app.
How to Set Parental Controls For The YouTube App
Learning how to put an age restriction on the YouTube app also, is straightforward. Again, open the YouTube app on your phone, tablet, or another mobile device. Sign in to your Google account if you aren’t already. Click on the profile icon in the upper righthand corner. A drop-down menu reveals lots of options. Click on the Settings option. Next, you should see the Restricted Mode again. There will be a slider that turns blue when you click on it. Last, click on the “X” that indicates closing the menu. This will save your choices. Pull down from the top of the page to refresh the content. It should now be in Restricted Mode and should be safe for younger users.
Setting the YouTube app to Restricted Mode offers some peace of mind, but keep in mind that the setting can be changed back at any time. Parents may wonder how to lock the YouTube app, but the lock setting is only available for the browser. Using parental controls can help to add a layer of security and to keep your kids safe and protected.