Chromebooks are solid choices for a kid’s first laptop, and they’re often issued by schools for classwork, homework, and group projects. But whether your kid is new to Chromebooks or has been using them for years, online safety is still important.
One of the most important things a parent can do is block apps that may hinder learning, cause distractions, or present inappropriate or even dangerous content. YouTube, the popular — and potentially dangerous — video streaming site, is one of the most concerning apps for parents. In this guide, we’ll walk you through how to block YouTube on Chromebook devices.
A Quick Note on Chromebooks
Chromebooks are basically special laptops. Instead of running Windows or a Mac OS, they run Chrome OS, an operating system made by Google. This makes them a little different than your average computer.
Chromebooks are closely tied to a user’s Google account. If you’re familiar with the Chrome browser, you won’t have too much trouble navigating a Chromebook. Here is a list of common Chromebook manufacturers:
The Dangers of YouTube
YouTube is one of the most popular websites in the world, and more than 500 hours of content are uploaded every minute. As the go-to hub for free streaming for nearly everyone on Earth, YouTube is home to so many different kinds of videos— as well as many hidden dangers for kids. Here are just a few of the things parents need to know about.
Adult content is rampant
The sheer amount of videos featuring sexual content — some even border on porn, despite YouTube’s community guidelines — is mind-blowing. Even videos that aren’t explicitly sexual may discuss themes and situations that are definitely above the maturity level of children. There are also violent and disturbing videos that may affect younger kids.
Comments sections are minefields
Like with a chatroom, YouTube’s comment section is a minefield of potentially hazardous interactions. These areas can be home to abusive, bullying postings as well as sexual predators starting conversations with children. Users can leave comments about anything, including problematic messages featuring racism, sexism, homophobia, and more.