How to Put Parental Controls on YouTube

Hundreds of thousands of videos on YouTube are designed specifically with kids in mind. Parental controls help to ensure your children see these videos and not others that are age-inappropriate. Take advantage of the Safety Mode feature on YouTube to filter out content that’s inappropriate for kids.

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Click the "More" button below a video and select "Report" to flag it as inappropriate.
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Activate Safety Mode

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Visit the YouTube website and scroll to the very bottom of the page. This option is not available on sites on which YouTube videos are embedded.

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Click the “Safety” button to reveal the Safety Mode menu. The button is located next to the YouTube logo found in the bottom-left corner of every YouTube page.

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Click the “On” button and then click “Save” to turn Safety Mode on. This change only applies to the Web browser you’re currently using. If you make this change in Internet Explorer, for example, Safety Mode settings are not changed in Firefox or Chrome.

Activate and Lock Safety Mode

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Visit the YouTube website and click the “Sign In” button in the top-right corner of your screen to open the Google account sign-in page.

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Sign in to your Google account. If you don’t have a Google account or are presented with the log-in screen for an account other than your own, click the “Sign in with different account” link, select “Add account” and then click “Create an account.” Follow the prompts to create a Google account and then visit YouTube again when you are finished.

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Click the “Safety” button, click the “On” button and then click “Save” to turn Safety Mode on. Making this change while logged in to your Google account locks Safety Mode for all Google platforms and for all Google accounts on your computer.