Safe Solution: Net Nanny + YouTube 'Safety Mode'

Apr 16, 2017

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

YouTube Sign In

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 LeftMenu Scroll

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

YouTube Settings BottomMenu

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

YouTube Restricted Mode On

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:

YTMobile Account Menu

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

YTMobile Settings Menu

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

YTMobile Restricted

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 setting up parental controls for Windows 10, Apple products, Nintendo Switch and Kindle.

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