If you want to protect your young ones from foul language, adult content, or simply something you find gross (pimple popping channels aren’t for everyone), you’ll need to learn how to set up parental controls.
How to Set Up YouTube Parental Controls
Sign into YouTube or create an account.
Select the "account" icon at the top right-hand corner of the screen.
Navigate to the bottom of the "account" list and click on "Restricted Mode: Off."
Select "Activate Restricted Mode" on follow-up menu.
How to set up YouTube parental controls
YouTube is wonderful for occupying children. There are a plethora of educational and/or entertaining videos that can help pass the time on long car rides or in the waiting room of a doctor’s office.
But handing your child a tablet or smartphone and telling them to go wild can result in an education you weren’t prepared for them to get. For this reason, it’s important to monitor a child’s electronic usage.
Follow the steps below to learn how to protect children from content they’re not yet mature enough to view.
1. Sign in to YouTube
The first step to setting up what YouTube refers to as restricted mode is navigating to www.youtube.com and signing into your account. Yes, this means you have to have an account. This ensures your preferences are saved over time and your profile is customized as you like it.
Once you’re signed in, YouTube should have you on your homepage.
I will not be taking questions about my recommended videos at this time.
2. Click on your icon
Find your account icon on the top right-hand corner of the screen. The arrow below shows what the correct icon looks like.
3. Turn on restricted mode
Once you click on your icon, a menu will appear. At the very bottom of the menu, you’ll see where it says “Restricted Mode: Off.” Click this option.
4. Verify approval
YouTube wants to be sure you want to activate restricted mode. The message below will popup before you’re done and explain a little more about what this setting does.
“Restricted Mode can help hide videos with potentially mature content. No filter is 100% accurate, but it should help you avoid most of this type of content. Your Restricted Mode setting will apply to this browser only.”
If this messaging sounds good to you, click on the circle next to “activate restricted mode.”
YouTube will immediately update your recommended content according to what videos have cleared through their restricted filter.
Disable parental controls
If you want to disable restricted mode, you just go back the way you came. Click on your icon and again, navigate to where it says “Restricted Mode: On.”
Click on the blue circle and YouTube will quickly take you back to normal viewing mode.
This is helpful if you share a YouTube account with your children and wish to navigate back and forth between restricted and unrestricted viewing.
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