Media: Using You Tube’s Parental Controls

YouTube launched new safety features in early 2010.  YouTube explains how it works:

Safety Mode: Giving You More Control on YouTube

… That’s why we’re announcing Safety Mode, an opt-in setting that helps screen out potentially objectionable content that you may prefer not to see or don’t want others in your family to stumble across while enjoying YouTube. While no filter is 100% perfect, Safety Mode is another step in our ongoing desire to give you greater control over the content you see on the site.

It’s easy to opt in to Safety Mode: Just click on the link at the bottom of any video page. You can even lock your choice on that browser with your YouTube password. To learn more, check out this video.

Why it’s not 100% Effective

While the parental control is a start, you need to know that it has to be activated for every browser you use. That means if you surf the web using Firefox, Internet Explorer, Google, etc., you have to activate the safety setting for each one. You also have to activate the setting for each account. So, to change the setting on your child’s account, you’ll have to have his YouTube log on and password info.

Here’s another option YouTube presents:

How can I control what comments or content my children see?

Our “Hide Objectionable Words” feature is one option. It helps block profanity, sexually suggestive language, and racial slurs for those users who prefer not to see them. Users can opt into this feature by clicking on “Options” next to the Comments header and checking the “Hide Objectionable Words” box. Users can also choose to hide comments altogether by clicking on “Hide Comments.” Your preferences will remain in place until you change them on your browser.

Here’s what iMOM recommends:

Download and install Safe Eyes or Spector Pro, two programs that can block inappropriate content and track what your child is watching. These programs provide activity reports, time limits and content blockers so you can feel better about what your child sees on the Web.

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