Setting filters on YouTube

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YouTube's SafetyMode allows parents to restrict the content their children see. Here's our quick'n'dirty guide to setting it up

YouTube is incredibly popular with children of all ages. YouTube Restricted Mode enables you to choose whether to limit content on YouTube that might not be against YouTube Community Guidelines but even so may be unsuitable for your children.

When you opt into YouTube Restricted Mode, mature content and age-restricted videos won't show up in search, related videos, playlists, shows and movies.

To set up:

  • Go to any YouTube page. In the top right-hand corner of the page either click on your avatar OR the three vertical dots if you don't have a YouTube account. You will find 'Restricted Mode' near the bottom of the drop-down menu. Click on it and a box will show up explaining what Restricted Mode is. You will see a slider at the bottom of the box. Click on it to turn Restricted Mode on.

Don’t forget:

  • You need to be 13 to have a YouTube account.
  • Spend some time watching YouTube with your children and check out what they like.
  • Pay particular attention to what is shown in the related video menu when your children search for their favourite videos.

Restricted Mode

Follow these instructions:

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Updated: December 2019

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