When talking to children during online safety lessons, a good number of them report seeing inappropriate content on YouTube. Apart from switching everything off, there isn’t a single solution that works well; even YouTube ‘Restricted Mode’ is poor at best.

Due to the algorithmic nature of YouTube and many other services, some of the content that children are seeing is based on what they have viewed in the past, their search history and channels they subscribe to.

This short video has a few tips that may help. The advice is the same whether they’re watching YouTube on the web or via the YouTube app. If you’re a school, feel free to embed this video onto your school website, or share via your social media channels to share with parents.

For children under 7, I would recommend the YouTube Kids app, and you can see my review of this on the second video.

Don’t forget to sign up for the FREE online safety newsletter for regular updates, and if you would like to see other similar advice let me know.

Online Safety Pro

Keeping up with the ever-changing world of online safety. A unique 1-day course for your online safety lead, including training for all your teaching and support staff, and your governors plus a new video every half term to keep everyone up to date.

Upcoming courses:
Lincoln 29th Nov 2018
London 3rd Dec 2018
Manchester 10th Dec 2018