Updated with new settings November 2015
Note: YouTube is now rated 17+ on iTunes. The Terms Of Service still say 13+ with adult permission, but they recommend use by only over 17 year olds due to the adult content that YouTube hosts. See YouTube Terms And Conditions and the screen shot below.
Handing your young child an iPad to entertain them seems like a great idea….if you have parental controls set up. If you don’t mind missing out on a little adult YouTube watching you can set the YouTube app for iPad with a strict safe search filter to help filter out the more adult videos available on YouTube, that may contain swearing, violence or sexual terms. YouTube do have a strict adult content policy , but there are adult themes and adult language allowed on YouTube that might not be suitable for younger teens and children. Setting the “Restricted Mode Filtering” will filter out a lot of the more raunchier videos but isn’t fail safe. Some videos with swearing and come adult advertising may still come through. For much younger children
To enable the strict filtering setting. Install the official YouTube app from iTunes.
Follow the instructions in the video below:
Open YouTube app: Click 3 vertical dots (More Menu) to bring up lower pop up menu: Click Settings: Scroll down 3 settings to Restricted Mode Filtering: Click Strict and reverse/exit out of menu.
Note: Your child can disable safe search filtering if they know where it is. And the filtering doesn’t turn YouTube into a sort of Kids TV Channel. Some very adult content will get through, this is no substitute for supervision. A proven safe video app for kids will be better than just allowing them to watch YouTube unsupervised.
Have you found any great child friendly video apps or channel apps?
To set “Safe Search” on your child’s P.C or laptop see Here:
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