Parental controls and Restricted Mode

Parental controls and Restricted Mode

However, you should be aware that there is also a lot of material on YouTube that you probably wouldn’t want your kids to watch, including adult material, crude comedy, violent movies, and other inappropriate content.

Good news: YouTube’s Restricted Mode can automatically screen and prohibit content that can be deemed improper.

The comments section beneath movies is also hidden by default in Restricted Mode.

It’s no secret that some YouTube comments can be downright hateful and obscene.

Many users, then, choose to use Restricted Mode, so they don’t have to read the feedback.

To Activate the Restricted Mode:

  • To turn on Restricted Mode, go to any YouTube page, click your profile picture in the upper right corner, and then click Restricted Mode.
  • Activate Restricted Mode in your current browser by clicking the button. You’ll have to repeat this process for each browser or device you use to access YouTube once you’ve enabled Restricted Mode.
  • Your web browser will be set to Restricted Mode and locked in place. To disable Restricted Mode, you must first gain access to it (info).

The Effectiveness of Restricted Mode

Our testing found that Restricted Mode successfully blocked the vast majority of blatantly improper films, such as those with extreme violence, sexual content, or unacceptable language for all ages.

However, keep in mind that Restricted Mode has significant limitations.

One way Restricted Mode falls short is in its inability to determine why a particular video’s content would be offensive to you based on its context alone.

If you’re worried about your kids seeing inappropriate content on YouTube, your best bet is to either view the videos yourself first and then show them to your kids or limit their access to the site altogether.

Additional Constraints on Restricted Mode

To use Restricted Mode, you and your child must be logged into the same Google account and using the same web browser when your child watches YouTube.

If your child accesses YouTube through a private tab, an alternative browser, or a device that doesn’t support Restricted Mode, Restricted Mode won’t be activated.

Simply put, a user with sufficient technical knowledge can bypass Restricted Mode.

It’s worth repeating that if you’re truly worried about the kind of stuff your children may encounter on YouTube, you shouldn’t rely on Restricted Mode.


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