YouTube is a fantastic resource for both kids and adults. It’s a great way to find information, learn new skills and even keep up with the latest trends in popular culture. However, for many parents, there are some serious safety concerns that have been raised about YouTube over the years.
Sure, YouTube can be risky for kids if not monitored properly. But when they’re having a good time watching, you don’t want to spoil the fun if the internet keeps dropping out, so it’s best to get a reliable NBN provider. On that note, here are nine things you can do to make YouTube safer for your kids!
1) Turn off the search function and only let them watch channels that you approve of. This will help to reduce the chances of them coming across inappropriate content.
Note: Some devices, like the Amazon Fire TV, come with parental controls that allow you to block certain types of content, such as movies rated PG-13 or higher. You can also use third-party software to keep track of what your child is watching online.
2) Set up an account and use parental controls. You can set up a separate account that your child accesses without knowing the password. This makes it easier for them to have their own space on YouTube, while still being safe from inappropriate content.
3) Limit how much time they spend on YouTube. You should set a limit on how much time they can spend watching videos. This will help to reduce the amount of exposure your child has to content you haven’t approved, and it may also encourage them to go outside more often.
4) Monitor what they’re watching. This is especially important if you have younger children. You should watch the videos they’re watching to make sure they are appropriate.
5) Keep the computer in a public area. This will make it easier for you to keep an eye on what your child is doing.
6) Talk to them about what they’re watching. This will help to ensure that they understand the difference between appropriate and inappropriate content.
7) Check out their viewing history. This will help you to see what videos they’ve watched in the past and whether or not there are any red flags.
Note: Yes, YouTube keeps a history of all the videos that have been watched on your account, so you can check it out yourself.
8) Create playlists. This will make it easier for you to keep track of the types of videos your child is watching.
Note: You can create a playlist on YouTube by clicking on the ‘+’ button next to the video title. Or, if you have an iPhone or iPad, you can add videos to a new playlist by pressing and holding on a video until it starts wiggling, then tapping on the ‘Add to Playlist’ button that pops up.
You can also create playlists offline using YouTube’s desktop site. To do this, open YouTube in your browser, click on the three lines in the top left corner of the screen, and select ‘Create New Playlist.’
9) Use Google’s YouTube Kids app. This is a special version of YouTube that’s made specifically for kids.
The key to keeping YouTube safe for your kids is understanding what they are watching and teaching them about the dangers. We hope this article has helped you better understand how to make sure that the videos your kids are watching are appropriate for their age.
If you have questions, please feel free to reach out. Our team of experts will be happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have. Let us know in the comments below!