Tweens & YouTube
Many kids between the ages of 9 and 12 enter into a YouTube Goldilocks zone. That is, they’re now old enough for a little more online responsibility and have outgrown YouTube Kids, but they’re still young enough to need your guidance and supervision when exploring the app.
For kids under 13, YouTube’s new supervised account features will bridge the gap between the YouTube Kids experience and total freedom. Parents will be able to select from one of three modes depending on their family’s values and the child’s maturity level:
For kids 9 and older, this more-protected setting will feature vlogs, tutorials, gaming videos, music clips, news, educational content, and more.
For kids 13 and older, this looser setting will introduce an even larger set of videos, as well as live streams in the same categories as Explore.
Most of YouTube
For more mature teens, this setting will allow almost all videos on YouTube, barring age-restricted content.
Creating Supervised Accounts
There are four ways for families to set up supervised accounts for their kids. Google accounts are required for each child.
- Option 1: From the YouTube app on a parent’s device
- Option 2: On the web at families.youtube.com
- Option 3: From the Family Link app
- Option 4: From the YouTube app on a child’s device
What Parents Can Manage
After selecting the right maturity level for each child, parents will be able to:
- Pause watch history
- Pause search history
- Clear history
- Unblock videos
- Review child’s watch history
Teens & YouTube
Once your child turns 13, they will be presented with two options: manage their own Google account, or continue to have a parent manage it. Teens can choose to stop this supervision at any time. Unfortunately, it gets harder to directly control what teenagers do on YouTube because of the company’s Terms of Service. At this point, we recommend having open, honest, and frequent conversations regarding content and how to navigate the online world — as well as what the potential dangers are.
Using Restricted Mode
Restricted Mode works on the browser or device level, so you must turn it on for each browser you use. If your browser supports multiple profiles, you must enable it for each. Restricted mode will limit videos with drugs, alcohol, sexual situations, violence, and more.
How to turning Restricted Mode on or off
- Go to the Account icon.
- Tap Restricted Mode.
- In the dialogue box that appears, toggle restricted mode to On or Off.
- That’s it! You’ve learned how to put parental controls on YouTube.