Monday, April 15, 2013

PARENTS: YouTube Safety Mode for Kids

Did you know YouTube has a SAFE SEARCH option for kids? While it doesn't catch every offensive video it does get most of them. To turn SAFE SEARCH on, log on, scroll all the way down to the bottom and click on Safety: OFF. Turn it ON and then you can choose whether or not you want to LOCK the safety mode in the on position. Doing this will allow you to let your kids use your computer to watch funny YouTube videos without getting the ugliness some people post. It also takes out offensive language in comments and replaces it with asterisks. YouTube officially says this about its safety mode:
"When you opt in to Safety Mode, videos with potentially objectionable content or that have been age restricted will not show up in video search, related videos, playlists, shows and movies. Safety Mode does not remove content from the site but rather keeps it off the page for users who opt in. While no filter is 100% accurate, we're continually updating and improving our filters to be able to identify inappropriate videos for Safety Mode."
Here's a short YouTube video from Common Sense Media that will tell you all about it.

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