Keeping Safe Online

1. What are your children watching?

Have your teenagers make playlists of their favourite videos, while you make your own. Then sit down to watch them together. You can see what your teens are watching, and they might learn a thing or two about you.


This is a music video for the song ‘Blurred Lines’ This is NOT filtered and unless you have ‘Safety Mode’ activated your child could access this at any time.

2. How old does my child have to be to use YouTube? 

In order to create a YouTube account, we require users to confirm that they are at least 13 yrs old. Users who enter any age younger than 13 will be prohibited from creating YouTube accounts. In addition, if a user's video gets flagged and, upon review, we determine that the user has inaccurately stated their age during the account creation process, we will suspend their account.

3. My child is being harassed through their account on YouTube. What do I do?

As a first step, block the user. This will help prevent further communication from the unwanted user. If the harassment persists, please review the harassment page within our Safety Centre for harassment prevention information and report the harassment via our Help & Safety Tool.

4. How can I see what my children are watching on YouTube?

There are a couple of ways to check in to see what content your children are viewing. The first is to take a look at their viewing history. Instructions are below:

  • To see your viewing history, visit your account page (via the Account link located at the top-right of every page)
  • Click the History link from within the "My Videos" section. 

NOTE: If you don't see any videos in their viewing history, it's possible that they've removed what they've viewed by clicking the "Clear Viewing History" button located on the History page. 
Another thing you can do is check out your child's favourites and which YouTube channels they are subscribed to. These can give you clues about what they are watching on the site.

5. How can I control what comments or content my children see?

The YouTube Safety Mode feature is one option. Safety Mode is an opt-in setting that helps screen out potentially objectionable content that you may prefer not to see or don't want others in your family to stumble across while enjoying YouTube. When you opt in to Safety Mode, videos with potentially objectionable content or that have been age restricted will not show up in video search. Safety Mode does not remove content from the site but rather keeps it off the page for users who opt in. While no filter is 100% accurate, we're continually updating and improving our filters to be able to identify inappropriate videos for Safety Mode. You can opt into Safety Mode by clicking on the link at the bottom of any video page.

This will be at the bottom on the screen on any video. By clicking this you can monitor the material your child watches.


For more information visit the YouTube safety page.

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