How to set parental controls on YouTube in 2 different ways

Artur Debat/Getty ImagesIt’s possible to set parental controls on YouTube with Restricted Mode the YouTube Kids app.
  • 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.

On the other hand, there is also a limitless supply of YouTube videos that kids have no business watching – so it’s important that you know how to make YouTube a safe space 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).

Steven John/Business InsiderRestricted Mode isn’t 100% successful at filtering out inappropriate content, so keep periodic tabs on what your child is searching and viewing on YouTube.

In the pop-up window that appears, toggle the switch beside the words “ACTIVATE RESTRICTED MODE” to switch it on.

Steven John/Business InsiderWhen Restricted Mode is active, a message will explain that some search results will have been filtered out.

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).

Steven John/Business InsiderYouTube Kids will have a slightly different layout than the regular app.

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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