Kids Online Safety: How to set Parental Controls on YouTube

Elena Haidukova on Jul 5, 2016

YouTube has quickly become one of the most popular and widely visited websites on the Internet. With their humorous videos of people participating in irrational activities to educational documentaries on almost every subject imagined, it’s no wonder why this site has thousands of hits daily. But like all other areas on the Internet, YouTube can also be a parent’s worst nightmare for their children, as it is loaded with inappropriate content, only suitable for adults.

Without setting parental control on YouTube there is no guarantee that your child is not viewing some of the inappropriate content, even sometimes stumbling across it by accident. Since most parents live busy lives and possibly are even at work while their children are at home surfing the Internet, this could mean that one wrong click can gain access to videos that should not be viewed until adulthood.

YouTube parental controls can be obtained in a Restricted Mode (formerly called "Safety Mode"), and although not 100% accurate, it is used to offer flagging and other signals to identify and filter out inappropriate content on their site. Restricted Mode is enabled on a browser or device level, so someone must enable it for each browser you use on the computer. If your browser supports multiple profiles, then it must be enabled for every profile.

Once enabled, Restricted Mode will remain active regardless of whether you are logged in or not, or if another person is logged into a different YouTube account. The problem with YouTube parental control is that if you remain logged in to the YouTube account which is locked into Restricted Mode other users of the computer are able to adjust the setting. To ensure that children do not do this while unsupervised, you have to log out of the account that enabled Restricted Mode.

Restricted mode youtube How to set Restricted Mode (formerly called "Safety Mode") on YouTube

Although YouTube is trying to help by making inappropriate content protected, it is not completely safe and third-party parental control software is needed to ensure complete safety for young viewers. This does not help parents feel completely in control with what their children are viewing, while unsupervised, especially when they are left home alone to browse the thousands of videos available on YouTube. Luckily for parents, there are now companies that understand this growing fear and has designed complete controls that can put all of the burdens over Internet safety to rest.

Familoop is a company started by concerned parents and is totally dedicated to help parents in their daily struggle to keep children safe while online. We designed our smart parental controls software – Familoop Safeguard - to provide parents with actionable insights into what their children have recently watched on YouTube and enable parents to educate their kids to avoid garbage video content that can hardly be screened out automatically.

Familoop Safeguard not only lets parents know what videos have been watched, but can also help them to block the child from viewing that same bad content again. It can be downloaded to every device in the home, including smartphones, tablets and laptops, ensuring greater safety measures for the whole family. Parents can also set up screen times, so that when they aren’t able to be monitoring the children first hand, they can still feel safe knowing that they can’t be on their electronic devices, watching YouTube videos all day.

YouTube parental controls Insights page and YouTube parental controls with Familoop Safeguard

Although Familoop is now available to help block out the bad content, it is still in the right mind of all parents to sit down with their children and discuss YouTube visits and other content on the Internet. It is important to explain to them about what they should be viewing and how the new controls are designed to help them, not to make them mad, by blocking viewing content. Children need to be shown boundaries and informed of the dangers of being online.

All children at one time or another are going to visit YouTube to view something. If parents want some piece of mind, knowing that their children are unable to view adult content on the site, Familoop Safeguard can help by providing a safety net for their video viewing. This still allows children in the house the use of YouTube for educational use, or just to watch a humorous, family-friendly video clip.

While not perfect, Restricted Mode when combined with Familoop Safeguard’s YouTube monitoring features is a powerful combo to protect your child while enjoying the Net’s most popular video search engine - sign up for Familoop Safeguard trial to get your kids fully protected on YouTube.

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