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O2 Guru Top Tip for YouTube

O2 Guru Rosa says:

“YouTube has a handy function that means you can restrict content based on age restrictions and community flagging. This prevents any surprises coming up on your YouTube feed.  Simply click on 'Restricted Mode On/Off' to manage your preferences which is either in 'Settings' on an app or down the bottom of the page on a desktop version.”

Our O2 NSPCC Online Safety Helpline can help you to set up parental controls, adjust privacy settings or get advice on social networks. Call them for free on 0808 800 5002.

You can also book a free in-store appointment with an O2 online safety guru here.


What's the right age for YouTube?


YouTube says

This is taken from YouTube’s own guidelines and is accurate as of March 2017.


Our panel of parents say

Based on our independent panel of nearly 700 parents, surveyed through YouGov in January 2017.


Children say

Based on 1,696 responses from children and young people in December 2016 and January 2017.


Net Aware visitors say

Based on 2406 votes from visitors to the Net Aware site – you can vote too.

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Is content on YouTube suitable for children and young people?

We asked young people and parents to tell us about the content they came across on YouTube. Here are the types of inappropriate content that they reported:


Medium Risk

Violence and hatred

Medium Risk


Medium Risk

Suicide and self-harm

Medium Risk


Medium Risk

44% of parents reported seeing either violence and hatred or sexual content on YouTube.

49% of young people reported seeing violence and hatred on YouTube. 31% reported either bullying or adult or illegal content, which could include alcohol, gambling, swearing or drugs.

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