Our Complete Guide to Youtube Kids

What is Youtube Kids?

YouTube Kids is intended for children under 13 and is a safer alternative than YouTube, offering parents the ability to restrict content and set time limits. Children can explore the world through online video– from  favorite shows and music, to learning how to build a model volcano or make slime.

Key Features

Kidsafe Content

Just as on Youtube, Youtube Kids offers a wide range of appealing content from Sesame Street to the most popular YouTubers. The intention behind Youtube KIDS is to offer parents and children kidsafe content.

Parental Controls 

Parents can set time limits as well as tightly manage what content their children can watch.

Individual User Profiles 

Often younger children share devices with their siblings. Now parents can create password protected profiles for each of their children to ensure that they’re watching age appropriate content.

Curated Content 

Youtube has created a series of channels with trusted partners (e.g. Sesame Street) and has a team dedicated to approving age-appropriate content.


Recommended Time

32 Minutes 

Recommended Age


What Parents Should Know

In the Fall of 2017, YouTube came under serious scrutiny for disturbing content found on YouTube Kids. In response to heavy criticism, YouTube made some significant changes, giving parents more control over what their kids watch. While YouTube Kids is more restrictive (no one can upload videos), there are still millions of videos that were migrated over from YouTube, so the appropriateness of the content is not guaranteed.  

YouTube Kids makes it possible for parents to limit the content their kids watch by setting individual child profiles, restricting content and locking those settings with a parental pin code.  Parents can also set time limits. 

Parents decide which content they want to allow by selecting one of the following categories: 

a) Younger Content Settings: intended for children under 8

b) Older Content: intended for children ages 8-12

c) Approved Content Only – a parent can handpick videos, channels and collection

A parent can further restrict content by disabling the Search function which also turns off  the Recommended and Watch Again options (it’s automatically disabled for Approved Content Only).

How do I set up Youtube Kids for my child?
When you block or delete a user that person is unable to view or comment on any of your posts. People aren’t notified when you block them.

  1. Open the YouTube Kids app and Tap the profile icon at the top left.
  2. Enter the year you (the parent) were born
  3. Select your account or tap Add account..
  4. Enter your child’s first name (or nickname),  birth month, and year to create a profile for him or her
  5. Choose a content level setting for your child.(Older or Younger or based on his or her age)
  6. Select Search on or Search off.   *Search is off if you choose ‘Approved content only.
  7. Your kid’s profile has been created
  8. To create another profile, tap Add .
  9. Select the profile of the kid using the app.


How do I set up Parental Controls on Youtube Kids?

When you block or delete a user that person is unable to view or comment on any of your posts. People aren’t notified when you block them.

1.Create a Parent pincode

  • Tap the lock icon 
  • Tap Set My Own Passcode
  • Read and enter the numbers shown
  • Enter a 4-digit passcode of your choice
  • When prompted, re-enter your passcode to verify

2. Set Time Limits

Youtube’s built-in timer lets parents limit screen time by telling kids when it’s time to stop watching. The timer will display a friendly alert and stop the app when the session is over, so you don’t have to.

Here’s how to set the timer:

  1. Tap the lock icon youtube in the bottom corner of any page in the app.
  2. Read and enter the numbers that appear or enter your custom passcode.
  3. Select Timer.
  4. Use the slider bar or the  and   icons to set a time limit.
  5. Tap Start Timer.

Kids will see a “Time’s up!” notification and the app will be locked once the time limit is reached. To unlock the screen:

  1. Tap the lock icon  in the bottom corner of any page in the app.
  2. Read and enter the numbers that appear or enter your custom passcode.
  3. Select Timer, then tap End Timer
How do I manage what my kids can view on Youtube Kids?

A parent can decide whether to:


  1. Restrict child to age-appropriate content level You’ll need to set up a profile for your child, (Shown above)  and then follow these steps:To adjust content settings:
    • Tap the Lock icon in the bottom corner of any page in the app
    • Complete the multiplication problem or read and enter the numbers that appear. Or, enter your custom passcode.
    • Select Settings Settings icon
    • Select your child’s profile and enter your parent account password
    • Select Younger content setting, Older content setting, or Approved Content Only
    • Choose whether you want to keep the search on or off based on the content setting
    • Review the information in the “Getting Started” pop-up
    • Select START

               If you choose Approved Content Only:

  • Tap the   icon on any collection, channel, or video to approve content for your child
  • Select DONE in the red box at the bottom of the screen to exit

You can edit the list of collections you’ve approved anytime by tapping Manage under the “Approved content only” setting.

2. Search

You can restrict your child’s experience to a more limited set of videos by turning Search off (it’s automatically disabled for Approved Only Content).

  1. To turn off Search, Toggle Search to off in Settings Settings icon

Note: Please keep in mind that there is always a chance your child may find video that you deem inappropriate. You can flag this content for YouTube Kids to review and can block it.

How do I block content on Youtube Kids?

When you block a video or channel, you will no longer see it in the YouTube Kids app when you are signed in. If you try to block a video while signed out, a dialog box will appear asking you to sign in.

From the Home screen:

  1. Tap More next to the video.
  2. Tap Block this video or Block this channel.
  3. Enter the numbers you see written on the screen, or enter your custom passcode.

From the Watch Page:

  1. Tap More at the top of the video.
  2. Tap Block.
  3. In the dialog box that appears, select Block this video, or select Block this channel to block the channel associated with the video.
  4. Tap Block again.
  5. Enter the numbers you see written on the screen, or enter your custom passcode.

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