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A Parent`s Guide to YouTube Restricted Mode

There is no surprise that kids aged 13 and up spend 12.1 hours per week watching videos on YouTube. As a parent, you can also go to YouTube to learn something, listen to music or watch a funny video. However, your kids are likely to watch something different, which may not be appropriate for their age.

YouTube Dangers

On YouTube, kids may come across upsetting, offensive and crassly commercial videos or be exposed to any other violent content. For example, the case with Logan Paul, a popular YouTube blogger with more than 15 million subscribers on his YouTube channel, who has recently found himself in the midst of a major Internet backlash. During his visit to Japan`s infamous Aokigahara forest, a wicked place where people commit suicide, he filmed a lifeless body hanging from a tree. For sure, this video was ultimately removed by YouTube, but before it was done other people managed to copy it, so it is still accessible. His actions provoked a string of complaints against the YouTube for presumably failing to safeguard children.

In November 2017 YouTube erased more than 150, 000 videos and disabled the comments on more than 625, 000 videos targeted by presumed child predators.

Besides, it removed ads from about 2 million videos that displayed the content inappropriate for kids. So, according to these findings, there is no wonder, which parents bring into a question whether their kids should and allowed to access the YouTube.

What Parents should do?

Firstly, parents need to decide whether their kids are allowed to use the YouTube service. Secondly, if you let your kids use it, you need to turn on the YouTube Restricted Mode.

What is YouTube Restricted Mode?

YouTube Restricted Mode is the inbuilt parental control on YouTube available both for computers and mobiles. They help to screen out the potentially objectionable content you don’t want your kids to stumble across while they enjoy YouTube.

YouTube restricted Mode helps to filter the videos with inappropriate or sensitive content, preventing your kids from viewing them.

What Parents need to know about YouTube Restricted Mode

  • YouTube Restricted Mode is not 100% accurate and might not fully protect your children from adult content;
  • YouTube Restricted Mode is not turned on by default. You need to enable it manually.
  • YouTube Restricted Mode is not applied to all browsers, and you need to turn this feature on for each profile and browser separately.

How does YouTube Restricted Mode work?

Here is a guide on how to set parental control on YouTube:

  • In Your Web Browser

Restricted Mode is a part of parental controls on YouTube, which is aimed to limit the content of explicit nature. It helps to filter all inappropriate videos and prevent your kid from viewing age-inappropriate materials. Here is how to enable YouTube Restricted Mode in the Web Browser:

  1. Open the YouTube homepage and log into your account
  2. Click on your profile icon on the upper right-hand side of the page
  3. Scroll down until you see Restricted Mode on the bottom of the menu
  4. Activate the Restricted Mode by clicking the option to the right of the line

Turn on the Restricted Mode in all Web Browsers that are on your computer (Opera, Safari, Chrome, etc.).

  • On Your Android Device
  1. Log in to your account
  2. Tap on Menu on the top right
  3. Go to Settings and choose General
  4. Turn the Restricted mode on
  • On your iOS Device
  1. Log in to your account
  2. Open Settings
  3. Choose Restricted Mode Filtering
  4. Turn the Restricted mode on

How to Disable Restricted Mode on YouTube?

If for some reason you want to disable YouTube restricted Mode, the process should be similar to the ones mentioned above.

  1. Log in to your account
  2. Click on the profile icon
  3. Scroll down until you see Restricted Mode
  4. Turn the Restricted Mode off

Probably YouTube restricted mode is a useful tool, but not exclude the possibility that your kid can simply turn it off.

Kidgy for YouTube Monitoring

YouTube Restricted Mode can manage to weed out the content which may be dangerous and harmful for your kid to view. But unfortunately, it is not enough to fully protect your kid from the potentially objectionable content on YouTube. The first thing you can do is to have a talk with your kid about appropriate and inappropriate content on YouTube and make sure they can differentiate what is good or bad online.

The other thing you can do as a parent to protect your kids from adult content is to use parental control app like Kidgy.

With Kidgy you can manage your kid`s Internet activities, blocking access to the adult sites and restricting the Internet usage for school or sleep hours. It is a useful feature as you can be completely sure your kid is not watching YouTube videos all night long instead of sleeping. Besides, with Kidgy low-cost cyber nanny parents can restrict the app usage, blocking dangerous and suggesting educational ones.

Additionally, Kidgy has a significant number of features to monitor kid`s text messages, call logs, GPS location, providing parents with an opportunity to set safe and dangerous zones and give them tasks remotely with Daily scheduler.

YouTube is an open platform with limited internal monitoring, which means that anyone can download almost anything there. While from one side YouTube is a wonderful place full of educational and entertaining videos, the other side is less bright as it can also have inappropriate and violent content. For parents of a young kid, it is very important to have frequent conversations on YouTube safety and use Kidgy to moderate their Internet usage, blocking inappropriate sites and dangerous apps.


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