I was extremely annoyed yesterday
after being very careful how we talk and what we expose our 6 1/2 year old to,
the inappropriate language he was hearing on YouTube
while watching videos about KIDS video games!
These grown adults make YouTube videos of themselves
playing (kids) video games
and then make inappropriate comments, use bad language, etc.
So I started doing some research!
I wanted to find a way to block these types of videos, see if there are filters I am unaware of,
and any way to prevent this from happening in the future
to MY child AND YOURS!
Here is what I have found that I will put to the test.
***PLEASE comment below with any suggestions or input you have on this issue or what you have found to work!
In February 2015, Google introduced YouTube Kids—a new app that lets kids watch the videos they love and helps parents rest a little easier.
Today, we’re introducing the YouTube Kids app, the first Google product built from the ground up with little ones in mind. The app makes it safer and easier for children to find videos on topics they want to explore, and is available for free on Google Play and the App Store in the U.S.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE YOUTUBE, INTRODUCING THE YOUTUBE KIDS APP
Thanks to Imperfect Homemaker for this article on Keeping Kids Safe on YouTube
1. Turn on Safety Mode
Scroll to the bottom of any page on youtube, and you’ll see an option to turn safety mode on. This will block videos with adult content or videos that have been flagged as inappropriate by other users.
Pros: Reduces the possibility of kids finding inappropriate videos. Doesn’t show video comments unless you specifically click on them.
Cons: Many inappropriate videos still make their way through the filters.
2. Create a playlist
If you have an account on youtube, you can create playlists containing the videos of your choosing. Simply click “Add to” under the video, and you will be able to add it to one of your playlists. You can create a playlist of videos you have specifically chosen for your child.
Pros: Kids know exactly which videos you have approved for them to watch.
Cons: Still shows related videos on the sidebar. If the video they are watching is clean, the related videos should be clean as well, but depending on how many related videos they click on, the trail could lead further than you want it to.
3. Quiet Youtube
Add the word “quiet” in front of any youtube video’s url, and you will be taken to a completely separate website with only the video you have chosen surrounded by white space – no comments, no related videos, nothing. For instance, if I wanted my son to watch a video about odd and even numbers, I could take this url: youtube.com/watch?v=yVbR44yd24g and turn it into this:quietyoutube.com/watch?v=yVbR44yd24g
Click on it and see what it looks like. Nice, huh?
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE from Imperfect Homemaker
I ran across a Pinterest board from JanMary.com with tons of tips for Children Internet Safety here I recommend checking out.
There is Safe Search for Kids, powered by Google, which is a search engine where safe search is always ‘on’.
The safe browsing feature on this website overrides your computer search settings to help remove potentially explicit material when searching Google. No changes are made to your computer or your browser settings. Safe search happens automatically and is powered by Google.