How do I set parental controls on Youtube?

Restricted Mode attempts to filter out inappropriate content. It’s intended to prevent your child from viewing material that has been flagged as inappropriate, or marked as ‘For mature audiences only’ by the YouTube community or a moderator. Our reasons:

  1. Apple rates YouTube as a 17+app. If a child wants to download the YouTube app, then a parent cannot set any other app restrictions. Even if a parent requires to obtain permission before downloading an app, there are other complications.
  2. Safaris’s Limit Adult Content mode can provide additional filtering of YouTube videos when enabled (see Our Complete Guide to Mac Parental Controls). This can be especially helpful because Restricted Mode is easily deactivated.

  To enable YouTube Restricted Mode on the computer:

  1. Go to YouTube.com, and after logging in, click your profile picture (if a user does not have an account, then tap the three dots)
  2. Toggle Restricted Mode to the ON position

     

While you’re at it, turn off AutoPlay — this can make it easier for your child to disengage. Play any video, look for Autoplay at the top right of the screen.

  To enable YouTube’s Restricted Mode on the web-based, browser version (mobile devices ):

  1. Go to YouTube, and after logging in, click your profile picture (if a user does not have an account, then tap the three dots)
  2. Select Settings, tap Restricted Mode and make sure it is toggled ON
 

  To enable YouTube’s Restricted Mode on the mobile app:


Go to your Profile Picture (or profile icon if you don’t have an account)

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Toggle the Restricted Mode on

While you’re at it, turn off AutoPlay–this can make it easier for your child to disengage:

  • Play any video, look for Autoplay by Up next, and toggle it off.

 YouTube is a really tricky one for parents to manage. It’s on Smart TVs, gaming consoles, and school devices. Wherever your child has access, be sure to turn Restricted Mode on. Unfortunately, as easy as it is for you turn it on, it’s just as easy for your child to turn off. We’re lobbying YouTube to change this, but in the meantime, we recommend periodically checking devices to make sure it remains active.

 



		

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