How Safe is YouTube for Kids? – WHS 151

Many homeschoolers use YouTube every day for educational and entertainment purposes. There are a myriad of educational channels on YouTube that parents can use to supplement their homeschooling.

Sometimes parents can get a little blind to the more inappropriate content on YouTube until something shows up in a recommendation list.

Today I’ll talk about YouTube, how your kids are using it, and how you can protect younger kids from seeing inappropriate material.

How safe is YouTube for kids?

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“Courage will now be your best defence against the storm that is at hand—that and such hope as I bring.”

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What is YouTube

Started in 2005 in a garage by Chad Hurley and Steve Chen, YouTube has grown to be the number one video sharing site in the world. It was acquired by Google in 2006 which makes it a large part of search giant’s portfolio.

YouTube Stats

  • 300 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute.
  • Half of YouTube views are on mobile devices.
  • YouTube has more than 1 billion users.
  • Top YouTube creators were found to be more popular than mainstream celebrities among U.S. teenagers (Variety).

More information and stats about Youtube.

Will My Kids Want to Use YouTube

They probably already are using YouTube. My kids watch videos every day and we use it for entertainment as well as educational purposes.

If you have young kids, you may want to consider downloading the free YouTube Kids app and/or enabling Safety Mode. Per YouTube:

Safety mode hides videos that may contain inappropriate content flagged by users and other signals. Safety mode also enables Google SafeSearch, and turning it off will disable Google SafeSearch. Safety mode will be enabled everywhere you use YouTube with this account.

You must me logged in to take advantage of Safety Mode.

Final Verdict

Like many other sites, YouTube has positive and negative features. With proper monitoring and guidance, your kids can use YouTube.

Keep in mind that the recommendation engine for YouTube can sometimes show content that is inappropriate for your child.

The comments section on YouTube can get really nasty.

It’s also important to note that the YouTube Kids app has come under fire for its aggressive advertising to children.

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