Dec 20, 2017

Boy wearing headphones and girl sitting on couch watching youtube on tablet

With 300 hours of video being uploaded each minute, and over half of users watching on mobile devices, parents definitely need to know how to setup parental controls on YouTube! Imagine trying to police all of that content yourself; thankfully, YouTube allows parents to set controls to filter the content their children come across while on the platform.

Always remember that YouTube developers are not experts in creating parental control software, which is why having targeted software can help keep your family safe and secure online. Net Nanny helps by providing parental control software that filters and blocks websites with inappropriate content.

From a personal computer

Navigate to’s home page and login with the blue “Sign In” button in the upper right hand corner:

Youtube homepage with arrow pointing to blue sign in button in upper right corner

Once logged in, navigate to the menu on the left side of the screen and use the tracking bar to scroll down until you see the “Settings” option:

Youtube homepage with settings menu highlighted in left side bar

Once you’re in the settings menu, you’ll see several options at the very bottom of your screen:

Youtube settings menu with arrow pointing to restricted mode at bottom of screen

Click on the box titled “Restricted Mode.” Select “On” and hit the “Save” button below to save your new settings:

Youtube restricted mode menu

On a mobile device

Select the YouTube app from your home screen and open. If you’re not already logged in, login in the upper right hand corner of the screen. Once logged in, select your avatar to open your account menu, and a drop down menu will appear. Select “Settings” from the menu:

Youtube mobile account menu

From the Settings menu, select the “Restricted Mode Filtering Option”:

Youtube mobile settings menu

Once in the Restricted Mode Filtering Option menu, select “Strict”:

Youtube mobile restricted mode filtering menu

It’s important to note that YouTube’s native filtering software isn’t foolproof. To ensure that your child isn’t inadvertently exposed to inappropriate content, it’s best to use a dedicated parental control software, such as Net Nanny. Net Nanny’s dynamic content filtering means that content is filtered in real time, and is the only software that filters user-generated content.

Find more resources for How to Set Parental Controls for Windows 10, Apple Parental Controls, How to Set Parental Controls for Nintendo Switch and How to Set Parental Controls for Kindle.

Lauren B. Stevens, Russ Warner

Lauren B. Stevens is a freelance writer and influential blogger. She is passionate about social media and literature.