Here is how you can block unwanted YouTube videos to make the app safer for kids and teens. Keeping kids safe on the Internet is quite important. With mobile phones and tabs finding their way to even the tiniest human being, it’s essential that we talk about different parental control methods. These help parents block or monitor adult content and other inappropriate stuff from reaching kids, who are still too young to know all that. But most of the blocking methods usually can’t block site-specific content. For example, YouTube — the most popular video site — also has content that’s not suitable for all.
Blocking it completely doesn’t make sense since it means missing out on the important and entertaining stuff. So how do you make sure that your kid stays safe while browsing YouTube? The answer to it is in many forms, however, the one that truly rocks is the built-in YouTube Restricted Mode. The Restricted Mode, which was known previously as the YouTube Safety Mode, is not a foolproof method but a nice way to filter out content from YouTube that you don’t want your kids to see.
Restricted Mode works on the browser/device level, hence, you must turn it on for each browser you use. The same can be said of the browser level profiles – it needs to be turned On for each profile.
Block Unwanted YouTube Videos on Android
You can block channels on main YouTube app or block videos on YouTube Kids. Follow the step-by-step guide below.
Use Restricted Mode
Learn how to block channels using restricted mode on YouTube:
Step 1 – All you have to do is log-in to your YouTube account and click on the Account Info icon in the right corner.
Step 2 – Scroll below and click on the Restricted Mode and toggle the switch to On.
Step 3 – Clicking On will reload the YouTube homepage with the Safety Mode turned on.
Here’s what YouTube’s Safety Mode does:
- Hides inappropriate videos
- Doesn’t return results for adult search terms
- Hides comments by default
- Inappropriate words in the comments are hidden using asterisks
Configure YouTube Kids App
Still, if you don’t trust the above extensions or native methods, you can get the YouTube Kids app from the Google Play Store. It features a diverse range of whimsical and funny videos, along with a few educational and music videos, depending on the kid’s age. However, all is not hale and hearty in this kids world and chances are that a few inappropriate videos will still make their way to them. You can block videos in YouTube Kids too.
Step 1 – Tap on the three-dot icon beside any video, which you deem unsuitable, and select Block video.
Step 2 – To block any unwanted channels, tap on the channel and once you enter it, tap on the three-dot menu at the top. Select Block Channel and that’s it.
So while the software algorithms do their job, do keep a watchful eye on the little one when they are on your mobile phone or tablet. At the end of the day, few can beat the human factor.