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.

You'll decide:

  • 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

Note: There are some other YouTube Kids settings, like sound and casting, that can only be changed from your child's app. Learn more in the YouTube Kids Parental Guide.

Change YouTube Kids settings

  1. On your device, open the Family Link app Family Link.
  2. Select your child.
  3. On the "Settings" card, tap Manage settings and then More and then YouTube Kids. You won't see "YouTube Kids" if you haven't set up the app on their Android device.
  4. 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:

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

Follow these steps to control whether your child can go to the YouTube site on their Android device or Chromebook.

Note: For more information on access control, visit the YouTube Kids Parental Guide.

Block or allow the YouTube app

Follow these steps to control whether your child can use the YouTube app on their Android device or Chromebook.
Note: For more information on blocking the YouTube app, visit the YouTube Kids Parental Guide.

Turn Restricted Mode on or off

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.

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