A lot of kids these days are interested in starting their own YouTube channel, but keeping kids safe on YouTube is a major concern among many parents. Whether your child prefers to browse or wishes to create a gaming channel, a toy unboxing channel or a vlog, there are precautions that you can take to ensure your child’s YouTube channel is safe and that you’re able to monitor it. Let’s cover a few actionable items that may be of interest to you as a parent.

Here are 5 tips to keep your child safe on YouTube

1) Create a Google account for your child.

Children under 13 years old cannot create their own Google account, so this will allow you to not only own the account, but have the ability to manage it. A Google account is required in order to create a YouTube channel.

5 tips to keep your child safe on youtube

Children under the age of 13 cannot create their own Google account

2) Check out the privacy settings.

Once logged in to YouTube, head on over to the Creator Studio. On the left hand side, you’ll see “Community”. Click onto that category, then select “Community Settings”. Scroll down a bit, and you’ll be able to tweak some of the default settings. There are many settings within your YouTube account that can be enabled to protect it from inappropriate content. Disabling comments, filtering bad words, and more can help ensure the channel is protected from rude or harmful language.

how to keep your child safe on youtube

3) Use Restricted Mode (Safety Mode).

Restricted Mode hides videos that may contain inappropriate content flagged by users and other signals. No filter is 100% accurate, but it should help you avoid most inappropriate content.

Restricted Mode of YouTube

By scrolling all the way to the bottom when on YouTube, you’ll find the ability to enable Restricted Mode.

Scroll down to the bottom of any YouTube page and look for the button “Restricted Mode: Off.” Select “On”, and save your setting. Your web browser is now in Restricted mode.

4) When uploading a new video, make it private or unlisted.

(to protect it’s content in the event that you do not want it out in the public.)

Unlisted: Only those with the link can view the video.
Private: Only those invited to watch the video can access it.
Public: Everyone has access and it can show up in searches on YouTube.

5) Keep an eye out.

All in all, the key to monitoring your child’s safety on YouTube is to stay involved. Keep a close eye on their activity. YouTube has many features that allows content creators of all ages to experience all that it has to offer in a safe way.

Does your child love YouTube or show interest in creating his or her own channel? Read on!

Running a YouTube channel is fun and quite easy! Students in our “Build a YouTube Channel” class will learn how to shoot and edit awesome videos with Adobe Premiere and add effects with Adobe After Effects at The Digital Arts Experience’s 2018 Summer STEAM Camp! Students will also explore the process of uploading, tagging, properly labeling and creating thumbnails for their videos. Most importantly, students will explore how to build and maintain a YouTube audience!

5 tips to keep your child safe on youtubeStudents can enroll in Full Session or opt to join for just the 1st week with the ability to re-enroll for the 2nd week. All registered students will receive a special DAE Summer 2018 STEAM Camp T-Shirt for no additional cost!

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