Simple Ways to Make YouTube Safer for Your Kids


How to set a passcode on YouTube Kids app

  • Open the YouTube Kids app on Android or iOS.
  • Tap the lock icon on the bottom-right.
  • Solve the mathematical problem and tap Submit.
  • Set a four-digit passcode, and confirm it.
This will create a passcode to access the app's settings and restrictions. The kids don't know this passcode, they won't be able to bypass any restrictions on YouTube Kids.


How to keep children safe on YouTube Kids

  • Open the YouTube Kids app on Android or iOS.
  • Tap the lock icon on the bottom-right. Enter your passcode.
  • Tap Settings.
  • Tap your kid's profile name.
  • Enter your Gmail password and sign in.
  • Disable allow searching. This will remove the search option and prevent your child from finding videos on YouTube Kids.
  • Enable approved content only. Once you do this, you can go to the app's home screen and select the channels you want your kids to watch videos from. Each of these channels has been approved by a human curator, so your child isn't at the mercy of Google's algorithms alone.
  • Enable pause watch history. This will prevent YouTube Kids from using video views or search terms in the app to recommend videos.

If you use YouTube Kids without signing in, you will see most of these options under Settings, but the advanced parental controls in step 7 won't be available.


How to limit kids' time on YouTube Kids

  • Open the YouTube Kids app on Android or iOS.
  • Tap the lock icon on the bottom-right. Enter your passcode.
  • Tap Timer.
  • You can now set a time limit between one and 60 minutes. Once you are done, tap Start timer.


How to report inappropriate videos on YouTube Kids

  • Open the YouTube Kids app on Android or iOS.
  • Play any video.
  • Pause the video and then tap the Flag icon or Report button.
  • Select the issue with the video from three options — inappropriate audio, inappropriate video, or other.
  • Tap Report.
  • You can also block certain videos from appearing on the YouTube Kids app. Open any channel on YouTube Kids.
  • Tap the three vertical dots icon under the video.
  • Tap Block this video.

These steps will allow you to keep inappropriate videos away from your children on the YouTube Kids app.

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