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Tips for Kids on Avoiding Inappropriate YouTube Videos

Updated on April 2, 2013

Everyone has heard of You Tube. Who has not? Even a two year old baby may already have some experiences of watching a music video of Barney, Mickey Mouse Club House or Psy in You Tube. You Tube user’s range from all ages, all races, all nations in the globe that has internet connection. It has millions of user every day. That’s how big You Tube is.

You tube is a very popular site especially among younger children and teenagers. What is so fascinating about this site is that it allows everyone in the world to connect, view, share, upload and discover original-created videos. Many new amateurs and new talents had been discovered here. In fact, it was here in You Tube that teen age sensation Justin Beiber was discovered by Grammy Award winner Usher. And the rest is history.

If your child is below 18 years old, will you let him open his own YouTube account?

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You tube has a lot of advantages. First, it’s for free. No payments or monthly fees are needed to open an account. You can have fun watching the newest and trending videos. You can even find old movies that are so hard to find now a days in video stores. Aside from that, many talents had been discovered here, without the need to pay big money to make their own VTR to get a break. But despite its advantages, there are a lot to worry out there. Many (not all though) videos in You Tube are of adult content. Meaning, they are not fit for your kids. These adult videos contains sexual/ nude contents, some are filled with violence, drug abuse themes while others have indecent and foul words.

As parents, this is where your parental responsibilities begin. Ensure that your kids are not watching any of these inappropriate videos that can corrupt their minds. Kids can be very curious about things that are prohibited to them. If your child is like this, it is very important for you to explain to them why watching these videos are inappropriate for them. Close supervision and guidance is the main key. Don’t prohibit your kids from using the site. If you do, the more intrigued they become and motivated to use it. Instead, control and monitor what they watch.

Open your own YouTube account

Opening an account is free. You have to be 18 or more than that to qualify. The notion behind opening your own account is that by allowing your kids to use your account, you have an idea of tracing what videos your kids have been watching. It would be easier to monitor your kid’s activities and preferences.

When logging on to your account, press the safety mode button.

By clicking this button, it will automatically filter and restrict adult content or inappropriate videos once your child makes a video search. Of course, this may not be 100% accurate. So if you still find inappropriate videos even after turning your safety mode on, it’s about time you flag the video or report it to You Tube staff.

Flag the video if you happen to come across videos or comments that are sexual, violent, foul and indecent, or violates You Tube’s community guidelines in general, you may immediately flag the video. By pressing the flag button, you report the inappropriate video to the staff team for review.

Check out the short clip above on how to flag inappropriate videos on YouTube.

Check what your child is watching

To check out what your child has been watching, you may use the history section. You can do this by either visiting your account page (account link) located at the top right of every page or you can also click the history link within MY videos section. If you can’t see anything on the history page, chances are it had been cleared and deleted. If this is the case, you might as well do the search by retracing your child’s favorite videos they may have subscribed to.

If your child has created his/her own account instead, talk to your child about the pros and cons. Talk to them on how much and what information they should reveal, on what videos to watch and to be cautious and careful when uploading their own videos. Many users have access to everything your child may upload. They can post comments that may be hurtful, harassing, rude or negative. These comments may have a big impact to your child. If you feel that your child has been harassed, immediately block the user from communicating his negative comments to your child. If such harassment still continues, review the harassment page. If your complaint or issue falls under You Tube’s safety center, report it ASAP (as soon as possible) to Help and safety tool.

Parents, the best way to save your child from cyber harassment or bullying is by reporting any forms of unjust, hateful, spiteful, violent and inappropriate videos that you see. With the millions of users out there uploading videos every minute, You Tube staffers have so much in their hands. All it takes is one concerned parent to report these kind of mediums or videos. By doing so, it may not only be your kid you are saving, it may also be another kid from another nation as well.

Stay safe.


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    • preciousblotters profile image

      Eve Melencamp 4 years ago

      Thanks, Priya! I'm glad you found the hub useful.

    • sriramapriya profile image

      sriramapriya 4 years ago from India

      Every parents need to read this hub, for their children. You tube is become care of address for all the children's. Noways children's are using more than adults. this hub is very useful to stop using you tube.

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      Ryan 4 years ago from Australia

      Thank you so much for publishing this Hub. I recently came across and wrote a Hub on the sick philosophy of Femitheism on YouTube that is available for children to watch and the general public. I would rather not discuss the subject matter here. I shudder to think at the impact it has on boys that might stumble across it. Why it is even allowed on YouTube, let alone without an age restriction baffles me.

      The content children are being exposed to frightens me. YouTube needs to seriously lift it's game.