5 tips for parents on Youtube safety

YouTube is one of the most popular websites in the world, and the largest online video sharing community where anyone has permission to share or upload their videos online. YouTube is recognised for its easy-to-use interface and the sheer volume of free video content it offers, but it can expose younger viewers to inappropriate content.

ESET CEO, Carey van Vlaanderen, shares some tips on how to keep your child safe on YouTube by following these five precautionary measures:

1. Turn on safety

The safety mode feature uses community flagging and age restrictions to identify and filter out inappropriate content. By scrolling to the bottom of any YouTube page you can click the dropdown menu sign posted ‘safety’. Select the on button to enable the feature. By signing into your Google account and performing the same procedure you are given the option to turn on safety mode every time you visit the site. Just make sure you enable it again if you decide to change web browsers.

2. Block cyber bullies

If your child is a victim of cyber bullying on YouTube, you can block the user so they no longer appear.  Visit the users profile and on their about tab, click the flag icon and select ‘block user’. If the bully is someone that your child knows and is listed as a contact you can also block them via your address book.  Just select the tick box next to their name and click the block button.

3. Report abuse

If the bullying persists then it’s a good idea to report the problem to YouTube using its Help and Safety tool.  This can be found under the Harassment and Cyber Bullying section of the Safety Centre. Just click on the relevant issue and help explain the problem for YouTube’s security team.

4. Moderate comments

Video content might be appropriate for your child, but sometimes the comments from other users are not.  If the comments are on their own videos, you can remove or moderate them before they even appear. Click this small arrow at the end of any offending comments and select remove from the dropdown menu.  Additionally, you can ban comments on your videos altogether by disabling the discussion option in the channel navigation page.

5. Monitor your child’s behaviour

Perhaps the most simple and direct solution is to monitor your child’s activity on YouTube.  You don’t’ need to look over their shoulder all day but by keeping tabs on your child’s favourite channel or videos and search history now and again, you will soon find out if you need to intervene or take further action.

Do you have any more tips for parents on internet safety?
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