If you, as a parent, allow your children to watch videos on YouTube, there are some simple measures you can take in order to ensure that your children don’t watch inappropriate videos.
1. Activate the safety mode.
At the very bottom of the YouTube front page, you have the possibility to turn the safety mode “On”. Safety Mode gives users the option to choose not to see mature content that they may find offensive, even though it's not against YouTube Community Guidelines. When you opt in to Safety Mode, videos with mature content or that have been age-restricted will not show up in video search, related videos, playlists, shows and films. While no filter is 100% accurate, YouTube use community flagging, hide objectionable comments and use porn-image detection to identify and hide inappropriate content. Safety Mode on YouTube does not remove content from the site, but rather keeps it off the page for users who opt in.
2. Keep the computer in a family room.
Carefully consider the placement of the computer that your children are using. If the computer is kept in a family room (such as the living room), this might have a positive effect on the children in regard to accountability, as well as making it easier for you as a parent to notice if your children come across an inappropriate video clip.
3. Talk to your children.
Have a conversation with your children regarding the use of YouTube:
a) What do they like to watch?
b) Are there any kind of video clips that make you feel uncomfortable?
c) What do you do if you come across a video clip that is nasty or makes you feel uncomfortable?
d) Is it OK to comment on video clips? What is important to have in mind if you want to comment on a video clip?