The old saying is right, you learn something new every day.
I was thrilled to recently discover that YouTube has a safety mode. Now maybe I’m just coming out of the technological ice age and everyone else on the planet already knows this. I openly admit I am being forced
kicking and screaming into technological enlightenment due to the ever increasing use of it by our children.
The internet is an amazing educational tool that we use in our house frequently. We use and love Easy Peasy All-in-One Homeschool as a supplement to the other homeschool curriculum we use. Part of the Easy Peasy curriculum for our youngest students includes quite a few YouTube videos. I get nervous about how easy it is for them to click on other videos when their assigned video is done.
The resident teenager of the house is currently into playing airsoft with his friends. He enjoys watching airsoft videos on YouTube to learn about his guns and other equipment. Again, a nervous mama this can make.
Nothing can take the place of adult supervision. Period. But there are certain tools that can make it a bit easier. Especially if you’re like me and become easily distracted. The safety mode on YouTube is one of those tools.
YouTube safety mode helps filter out inappropriate content. It is reliant on user flagging, age restrictions, and other signals to screen out objectionable content, which means it is not 100 percent accurate.
I still think it’s great. We’ve only been using it for a short time, but what I’ve really liked so far is that safety mode hides comments and won’t show results for certain word searches. (Can I tell you how nervous I was about testing that one out!) Unfortunately, it still wasn’t fool proof. Or I guess I should say kid proof. I could still search for music videos that I would not let myself, let alone my kids, watch. So I repeat, nothing takes the place of adult supervision. 🙂
Here’s an article that will help walk you through enabling the safety mode on your account. It’s very simple to do. It must be done for each separate YouTube account. I chose to lock the safety mode option on our accounts so it would stay on permanently. A note, if you do not log out of the account, the settings can be changed by others.
If you use different browsers, you will also have to go in and enable safety mode in each browser. It seriously only takes about 1 minute. Not a big deal.
Update: If you are looking for information on how to set up YouTube safety mode on your mobile or YouTube app click here.
I would also recommend checking the video viewing history to see what your kids have been watching if you are not always in the same room. This just adds another layer of accountability. This can be found by clicking on “Watch History” in the left toolbar under the YouTube account name.
Do you have any tips for keeping kids safe on YouTube? I’d love to hear them!