YouTube Kids, YouTube & your child's Google Account
When you use Family Link to create a Google Account for your child under 13, your child can use the YouTube Kids app where it’s available. However, they can't use any other YouTube apps, websites, or features until they turn 13 and manage their own Google Account. Your child will be able to use YouTube if you added supervision to their previously existing Google Account.
Note: If you live in the European Union and you created a Google Account for your child using Family Link, your child may begin using other YouTube apps and features when they are 13 years old. Learn more.
How YouTube Kids works
The YouTube Kids app includes both popular children's videos and diverse new content, delivered in a way that is easy to use, for children.
If you let your child download the YouTube Kids app, you'll set up the app for your child before they can use it.
Note: YouTube is not available for children under the age of 13. Children under the age of 13 must use YouTube Kids.
- The content level setting you want for your child (available in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Jamaica, Philippines, and South Africa)
- Whether your child can use the search function in the app
Change YouTube Kids settings
- On your device, open the Family Link app .
- Select your child.
- On the "Settings" card, tap Manage settings More YouTube Kids. You won't see "YouTube Kids" if you haven't set up the app on their Android device.
- Choose your child's settings:
- Content level: Choose the content level that's right for your child (currently United States only)
- Search: Turn Search on or off
- Unblock videos: Unblock all videos and channels that have been blocked in your child's YouTube Kids app
From the Family Link app, you can view your child's Youtube Search History and Youtube Watch History.
How YouTube works
A child whose account is managed with Family Link can use the YouTube app, website, and other features if they are:
- Over 13 (or the applicable age in your country) and have supervision added to their previously existing Google Account; or
- Over 13 and living in the European Union. Learn more.
From your child’s Android device or Chromebook, you can control YouTube app and other features.
Control access to YouTube
Block or allow the YouTube site
Note: For more information on access control, visit the YouTube Kids Parental Guide.
Block or allow the YouTube app
No content filter settings are turned on in YouTube by default. You can turn on Restricted Mode to help screen out potentially mature content that you may not want your child to see. No filter is 100% accurate, but it should help your child avoid most of this content.
Restricted Mode works on the device or browser level, so you must turn it on within YouTube on each device or browser your child uses. Learn more.
Note: For more information on YouTube Kids, visit the YouTube Kids Parental Guide.