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YouTube Kids

YouTube Kids has been designed as a child-friendly version of YouTube for 0-12 year olds. It gives parents tools to help tailor what videos their children can watch. YouTube Kids uses a mix of filters, human reviewers and parent feedback to minimise the risk of children seeing something inappropriate or harmful.


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If supervised by a parent or carer, we think YouTube Kids is suitable for children aged 3 and above.

Safety features

Parental controls are automatically set up on YouTube kids and if you’re under 13 you can only gain access with parental permission.

YouTube Kids has loads of helpful advice for parents. Take the time to explore this information so you’re comfortable with the settings and tools.

They’ve also created useful FAQs, answering a lot of important questions, including how to flag inappropriate videos.

Privacy & location

There are no communication features on YouTube Kids and you can’t comment on other people’s videos.

Parents can create up to 8 individual kids profiles per account and adapt the settings and viewing preferences for each one. You’re asked to give your child’s name and date of birth but only you and your child will be able to see this.

YouTube kids does not share your location with any other user.

Reporting & blocking

As you can’t send and receive messages to other users there isn't option to block another user.

You can easily block and report videos you find upsetting.

The first time you block a video a parent or carer will need to accept it by answering a question. It might be worth testing the feature before your child uses the app so they’re able to automatically block a video that upsets them.



YouTube Kids keep videos child-friendly by using automated filters, human moderators and parent feedback. Whilst most videos on the app will be appropriate for children, the volume of videos uploaded does mean that sometimes inappropriate content could still appear. No filter is 100% effective on its own.

Be aware that videos autoplay on YouTube Kids, meaning suggested videos automatically play after one video has ended, and there currently isn't a way to switch this feature off.

YouTube Kids also includes adverts, which your child might see.

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Sign in for extra controls

You don’t need to be signed in to use YouTube Kids, but if you are, you get extra controls and tools (explained below).

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Top tips for staying safe

Sitting down with your child and exploring their favourite app or game is a great way for you to learn more about what they like to do online.

You can ask them why they like to use an app or play certain games, as well as who they’re talking to and what sorts of things they’re sharing.

You can also read our Net Aware reviews for tips on how to keep kids safe on popular apps, sites and games.

You can decide what type of videos your child can watch based on the YouTube Kids ‘content levels’:

  • Preschool’ - Ages 0-4
    Designed for children aged 4 and under, these videos should promote creativity, playfulness, learning and exploration.
  • Younger - Ages 5-7
    Designed for 5-7 year olds, children can explore videos on a range of topics, including cartoons, crafts and songs.
  • Older - Ages 8-12
    Designed for 8-12 year olds, this lets children search and explore more videos, including music and gaming videos and vlogs.

Remember that these are general categories and it’s important to decide what’s right for your family.

You can also handpick videos which you want your child to be able to watch and only allow them access to these.

Whatever you choose, if your child is old enough, take the time to explore the settings with them and talk about how they can make watching videos on YouTube safer.

Explore YouTube Kids' advice on setting up content levels.

YouTube Kids has loads of helpful advice for parents. Take the time to explore this information so you’re comfortable with all of the settings and tools.

They’ve also created useful FAQs, answering a lot of important questions, including how to flag inappropriate videos.

YouTube Kids lets children search for videos they’d like to watch, usually by typing in the search bar or by tapping the microphone icon to do a voice search.

YouTube Kids lets parents turn off the search function. With search turned off, your child can’t search for videos and can only watch videos from a set of channels that have been verified by YouTube Kids.

YouTube Kids do stress that even with search disabled there’s always a chance your child might find something you don’t want them to see because no filter is 100% effective. If you’re concerned, use YouTube Kids with your child to make sure all the videos are appropriate.

Read YouTube Kids' advice on search for more information.

If you’re signed in as a parent, you can create separate profiles for up to eight children. Each profile can have its own settings to help manage what your child can watch.

YouTube Kids has advice on creating profiles for kids.

If your child’s old enough, then go through the settings with them and talk about why you’re using certain parental controls and how they can help to keep them safe.

Tip: Always try to watch a videos before you let your child see them to check it doesn’t contain anything that might upset them.
You should also make sure to only watch videos from trusted sources or from channels you’ve watched before.

Another way to check whether a video is ok for a child to see is to look at the comments and whether people have rated it ‘thumbs up’ or ‘thumbs down’.

Explain that you understand the internet is a great place to play, create, learn and connect. But remind them they can talk to you if anything upsets or worries them.

Reassure them that you won’t overreact – you’re just looking out for them.

It’s important to remind your child that they can talk you, another adult they trust, like a teacher, or Childline about anything they see online.


Talking to your child

Having open, regular conversations with your child will help you to really understand and explore the online world together. Our tips and advice can help you start these conversations.

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