Children today have too much information in their hands. Some of this information is not age appropriate, yet they view it anyway. With our busy schedules, it becomes tough to monitor everything a child is watching on TV or the internet. YouTube has millions of videos, and millions more uploaded every day. You need to enforce YouTube parental controls on your child’s device to ensure the watch is not age-appropriate content. YouTube introduced YouTube kids, a channel that features curated content for children and enforces YouTube restrictions on available content. Sometimes, inappropriate content can slip through the algorithm used to curate the videos. Parents need to take steps by blocking content.
The primary YouTube parental control setting means you can allow your child to search for videos, or you can choose not to. The disabling of the search permission limits content to only what is verified by the YouTube Kids curators. You have the option of selecting trusted channels and some channels in the Collections section. You can as well restrict the channels YouTube recommends and limit their watching to channels recommended by human beings and not by an algorithm. The YouTube parental controls are known as Safety Mode.
YouTube Kids offers some basic controls, which limit exposure to inappropriate videos. You can find the YouTube controls in the section with parent settings on the app. These settings are accessible from different screens and protected by a password.
If you have not downloaded the YouTube kids’ app, you can lock down YouTube. This is not a sure-fire assurance that they will not access inappropriate material. The first thing you should do is turn on the Safe Search filter in all browsers your children access. You can do this by:
YouTube, with its millions of videos already online, and millions being uploaded every minute, cannot police your child. They give fair warning and ask you to monitor what your children watch. As much as they have algorithms, which check for, content that violates their rules, some videos may pass undetected. The YouTube Kids app helps a great deal in censoring what children watch, but you can still tighten the noose further by adding more YouTube parental controls. Add Safe search on all your browsers in case your child uses your device to access YouTube. You can never be too careful where children are concerned. Their curiosity will always lead them into trouble. Unless you put YouTube restrictions, they might end up watching inappropriate videos.