How to set up YouTube parental control in two ways

YouTube is one of the most popular apps among adults and children alike. This platform contains a lot of useful and positive content. But there is also a lot of negative and completely unnecessary information for children.

Most parents are aware of the fact that their young children adapt very quickly to the use of various kinds of smart devices. And one of the first applications that children use is YouTube. 

Of course, parents want their children to learn and progress through this platform. And also, so that nothing would negatively affect the child’s mentality. 

That’s exactly what parental control is for as well as the YouTube Kids app.

How to set up “Restricted” mode in the browser

It’s not as foolproof as some people hope, and questionable content can still occasionally make its way online, but it’s a surprisingly good first line of defense. 

It’s easy to enable if you have a YouTube account, but remember that because the protection is at the browser level, you’ll have to enable it on every device your kids use.

So, how to set up this function in the browser:

  • Go to YouTube.com and sign in to your YouTube/Google account;
  • Click the profile icon in the top-right corner of the homepage;
  • At the bottom of the pop-up menu, click “Restricted” mode, which will be off by default;
  • In the pop-up window that appears, click the button “Activate restricted mode” to enable it.

It is also possible to make it so that no one but you can turn off “Restricted” mode again. To do so, you have to click “Lock Restricted Mode on this browser”.

How to set up “Restricted” mode in YouTube app

Now we’ll look at how to enable “Restricted” mode in the YouTube app.

On iOS:

  • Click on your profile button in the upper right corner;
  • Open “Settings”;
  • Click “Restricted Mode” Filtering;
  • Enable “Restricted Mode”.

On Android:

  • Log into your YouTube/Google account;
  • Click on your profile button in the upper right corner;
  • Open “Settings > General”;
  • Enable “Restricted Mode”.

How to use YouTube Kids app

YouTube Kids is an iOS and Android app designed specifically for children. It’s a completely different, child-friendly interface that gives parents the ability to view channels and videos that have been verified by real people (rather than an imperfect algorithm that uses “Restricted” mode) to make sure they’re safe for kids.

You can also adjust age settings in the app to allow older children to view content that they might be ready for and younger children might not. You can also set a time usage limit for this application.

This article was written by Valeriy Odintsov and was reviewed by Anatoliy Sheridan, a Head of Content at Tab-tv, according to our Quality and Fact-Checking Policy.

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