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All it takes is a strangely-worded Google search of a seemingly innocuous subject to expose your children to something that isn’t age-appropriate. That means parents need to be tech-savvy. Fortunately, this guide will show you how easy it is to ensure safe YouTube viewing for your kids.
Jun 29, 2020 · 3 min read
Over 300 hours of content is uploaded to YouTube every minute, and the platform isn’t doing a great job of sieving through it to check what’s appropriate and what’s not. So is their child-friendly version – YouTube Kids – safe?
Creators who find loopholes in the Youtube algorithm can put up some less-than-savory content. A good example of this was Elsagate, where seemingly child-friendly videos actually contained highly age-inappropriate content.
The ability to circumvent the algorithm using a kid-friendly thumbnail forces parents to manually curate access to videos that are suitable for children. But there is a better way available for YouTube, and that is Restricted Mode. Even with YouTube’s sometimes confusing UI, parents won’t have to delve deep into the settings to enable it.
Even with Restricted Mode activated, YouTube Kids isn’t 100% watertight. Some questionable content can still make its way through the filters. Here are some other options you can rely on, presented in order of effectiveness:
There are plenty of options available for parents on the internet. Make sure to do your research before committing to just one. Before setting your kids loose, however, make sure you know how to keep them safe online.
A big part of keeping your kids safe online is learning how to protect your YouTube account from being hacked. Once you know the signs of a potential cyber attack, you can take every measure to prevent it from happening.
Your privacy is also worth considering. If you want to curate videos for your children that will also respect your family's privacy, check out our list of Youtube alternatives.
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