- You can set parental controls on YouTube in two main ways to make sure your child only watches appropriate videos.
- To set parental controls on YouTube, you can turn on Restricted Mode to filter out inappropriate search results.
- You can also download the YouTube Kids app, which already filters out most inappropriate content and also allows for additional restrictions set by parents.
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From cartoons to educational videos and everything in between, there is an unlimited supply of great YouTube videos for kids.
Fortunately, YouTube makes it pretty easy for you to do that with parental controls. Here’s what you need to know.
How to set parental controls on YouTube with Restricted Mode
One way to filter inappropriate YouTube content is by using Restricted Mode. While signed into your Google account on YouTube, click on your profile picture at the top right corner of the screen.
At the bottom of the pop-up menu, click on “Restricted Mode” (which will usually be turned off).
In the pop-up window that appears, toggle the switch beside the words “ACTIVATE RESTRICTED MODE” to switch it on.
How to download YouTube Kids for optimal safety
To go beyond Restricted Mode and create an even safer YouTube experience for your child, you should get the YouTube Kids app – which is designed to surface only family-friendly content (although it isn’t always perfect).
Once you’ve downloaded the YouTube Kids app on your device, a parent with a Google account can customise specific YouTube Kids accounts via the Settings tab to limit access to certain videos, only allow pre-approved videos, limit screen time, and more.
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