How do you put a parent lock on YouTube?

Answered by Robert Flynn

To put a parent lock on YouTube, you can enable the Restricted Mode feature. This feature helps filter out potentially mature or inappropriate content from being displayed on YouTube. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to enable Restricted Mode:

1. Access and sign in to your YouTube/Google account. If you don’t have an account, you can create one for free.

2. Once you are signed in, click the “Settings” button located in the left sidebar. It is represented by a gear icon.

3. Scroll down to the bottom of the page until you find the section labeled “Restricted Mode.”

4. By default, the Restricted Mode is set to “Off.” Click on the drop-down menu and select “On” to lock Restricted Mode on this browser.

5. After selecting “On,” click the “Save” button to apply the changes.

Enabling Restricted Mode helps filter out content that may not be suitable for children or may contain explicit material. It is important to note that while Restricted Mode can help minimize the visibility of mature content, it may not be 100% accurate and can occasionally filter out appropriate videos or let some inappropriate content slip through.

It’s also worth mentioning that Restricted Mode is browser-specific, meaning you will need to enable it on each browser you use to access YouTube. Additionally, it only affects the browser you are currently using and doesn’t apply to other devices or browsers.

By enabling Restricted Mode, you can have more control over the content your children can access on YouTube. It’s important to regularly monitor their online activity and have open discussions about internet safety to ensure a safe and positive online experience.

Personal Experience:
As a parent myself, I have used the Restricted Mode feature on YouTube to create a safer browsing experience for my children. While it is not foolproof, I found it to be a helpful tool in filtering out inappropriate content. However, I also understand the importance of having open communication with my children and educating them about internet safety. Restricted Mode is just one piece of the puzzle in creating a safe online environment.