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Is YouTube Safe For Kids?

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    YouTube is one of the most visited websites online. From cartoons and fun animations to educational videos, there are several billion YouTube videos – most of which you don’t want your children to watch. So, parents need to know children can lie about their age, make an account and get access to all these videos.


    What is “YouTube kids” and why it’s not completely trustworthy?

    YouTube Kids are the kid version of YouTube with TV shows, music videos, and educational videos. It’s designed for children from pre-school to 12 years old. Parents can create individual accounts for each child, so the child can log in and watch the videos that are appropriate for them. But why most parents don’t trust YouTube kids completely?


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    In November 2017, YouTube came under fire for allowing inappropriate videos to get past its filters. There were several reports of unacceptable videos. According to commonsense media, 27% of videos watched by kids 8 and under are intended for older target audiences, with violence being the most likely negative content type.


    How to make YouTube safe for children?


    Use restrict mode

    This is an option that you can enable in setting and restricting the availability of mature or inappropriate content. In order to turn on restrict mode in the YouTube app:

    Click on the profile picture in the upper right-hand corner of the screen.

    Click on the Settings gear.

    Turn on “Restricted Mode”

    You can also turn on Restricted Mode on the YouTube website:

    Along the left-hand side on the bottom of the YouTube homepage, click on the Settings gear.

    At the bottom of the Settings page, click on the “Restricted Mode” button.

    Turn on “Restricted Mode” and click Save.


    Disable search

    Ensure your child can’t wander through YouTube videos on their own.  You can disable search in YouTube Kids by taking the following steps:

    Click on the Lock in the lower right-hand corner of the screen

    Enter your passcode or answer the math question if a passcode has not been set.

    Click on the Settings gear.

    Select your child (Note: This process has to be done for each child you wish to set this for under your account) and enter your Google password when prompted.

    De-select “Allow searching”


    Make a certain playlist

    After disabling the search, you can set a proper playlist with the videos you approve of for your child. It can simply be done by searching for the YouTube videos you wanted and using the save button to add them to your playlist.


    Monitor and block content with Safes

    Safes lets you monitor videos your child has recently watched and you can block the words and categories you find inappropriate for your child. Safes family will notify you if your child tries to access adult content.

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    Download Safes Kids for Chrombook

    1. Install the Safes Kids app on your Chromebook from Google Play. 
    2. Pair Safes Kids with parent app. Follow the instructions in the app to pair your child’s device with your parent device.  
    3. Add the Safe Kids Chrome extension. Open Chrome and go to the Chrome Web Store. 
    4. Navigate to the Manage extensions page. Click the three dots in the top right corner of Chrome and select “Extensions”>”Manage Extensions”>”Details”
    5. Turn on “Allow in incognito mode” This will allow the Safe Kids extension to work in incognito mode, which is important if your child uses incognito mode to try to bypass the parental controls.
    6. Select Safes extension and follow on-screen instruction

    Download Safes Kids for Android

    Download the Android Kid’s app directly to get the full features!

    Download Safes Kids App on Play Store

    Download Safes Kids App on Play Store

    Safe Kids is available on the Google Play Store, but if you download it directly from our website, you will get access to Call and SMS monitoring feature, You can monitor the phone calls of your child’s device, as well as the contacts and messages they have sent and received, including those containing inappropriate content.