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Parental Control: YouTube App & Smart TV

Updated: Jul 8

This article was written by Kayelene Kerr from eSafeKids.

If your child uses the YouTube App or watches YouTube on a smart TV consider turning on ‘Restricted Mode’.

Setting Restricted Mode - YouTube App

These instructions are for if you use the YouTube App without signing into an account.

  1. Open YouTube App

  2. Select settings (the gear icon ⚙️)

  3. Select General

  4. Locate ‘Restricted Mode’

  5. Toggle on ‘Restricted Mode

Also consider these other helpful tools:

  1. Remind me to take a break

  2. Remind me when it’s bedtime

  3. Turn off ‘Auto Play’

Setting Restricted Mode - Smart TV

  1. Open YouTube on your smart TV

  2. Select settings (the gear icon ⚙️ )

  3. Locate ‘Restricted Mode’ and select

  4. Turn on ‘Restricted Mode’

  5. You may also like to consider turning off Autoplay

Please remember you need to do this on every smart TV that is used to access YouTube. Also don’t forget to do this on all other devices used to access the YouTube app.

Restricting YouTube - Smart TV

  1. Open main menu

  2. Select settings (the gear icon ⚙️ )

  3. Locate 'Parental Controls'

  4. Select Apps

  5. Locate YouTube

  6. Select Lock and a pin will be required (make sure the kids haven't shoulder surfed you and discovered what the pin number is.) Without the pin they won't be able to access YouTube.

  7. While you're in the settings have a look at the other Apps you might like to lock. Do the same with Channels.

Don't set and forget - It is important to review and update the settings regularly to ensure that they are still effective and relevant.

Restricting YouTube - Modem/Router

Depending on the modem/router you have you could also consider restricting YouTube.

  1. Log into your modem/router

  2. Locate Parental Controls

  3. Add the URL of the website you want to block eg)

  4. While you're in the settings consider other websites you want to block

Additional Parental Control tools

Parental control tools can assist to monitor, restrict, limit and filter what children and young people do and see online. Parental control tools have become increasingly important and can place restrictions on the websites children access, block inappropriate content, limit screen time, monitor online activities, and control the apps children use. Some tools also enable parents to track their child's location.

There are many tools available and they all offer different functions. Free parental controls can also be found on devices and on websites.

Whilst parental control tools are a valuable resource they can assist, but not replace or substitute, ongoing parental participation, supervision, education and conversation.

You'll find a list of paid parental controls here.

YouTube alternatives for younger children

For younger children may wish to consider YouTube Kids or ABC iView.

Child friendly books and resources

My recommended child friendly book for primary school aged children is The Fabulous Friend Machine, Chicken Clicking and My Device Rules.

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About The Author

Kayelene Kerr is recognised as one of Western Australia’s most experienced specialist providers of Protective Behaviours, Body Safety, Cyber Safety, Digital Wellness and Pornography education workshops. Kayelene is passionate about the prevention of child abuse and sexual exploitation, drawing on over 24 years’ experience of study and law enforcement, investigating sexual crimes, including technology facilitated crimes. Kayelene delivers engaging and sought after prevention education workshops to educate, equip and empower children and young people, and to help support parents, carers, educators and other professionals. Kayelene believes protecting children from harm is a shared responsibility and everyone can play a role in the care, safety and protection of children. Kayelene aims to inspire the trusted adults in children’s lives to tackle sometimes challenging topics.

About eSafeKids

eSafeKids strives to reduce and prevent harm through proactive prevention education, supporting and inspiring parents, carers, educators and other professionals to talk with children, young people and vulnerable adults about protective behaviours, body safety, cyber safety, digital wellness and pornography. eSafeKids is based in Perth, Western Australia.

eSafeKids provides books and resources to teach children about social and emotional intelligence, resilience, empathy, gender equality, consent, body safety, protective behaviours, cyber safety, digital wellness, media literacy, puberty and pornography.

eSafeKids books can support educators teaching protective behaviours and child abuse prevention education that aligns with the Western Australian Curriculum, Australian Curriculum, Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) and National Quality Framework: National Quality Standards (NQS).

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