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Get started with supervised accounts

Parents that decide their child under 13 (or the relevant age in their country/region) is ready to explore YouTube can set up a supervised experience on YouTube linked to their own account. This limits the videos a child can find and watch to a parent-selected content setting. Learn more about supervised accounts.

How to set up a supervised experience for your child on YouTube

Create a supervised account

To create a supervised account, you have 4 options:

  1. Create and manage a Google Account for your child with Family Link. If you already manage a Google Account for your child with Family Link, skip to Step 2.

  2. Set up access for your child using one of the following options:

    Option 1: From the YouTube app on a parent’s device

    1. Sign in to YouTube with the Google Account you use as a parent manager of your child’s account.
    2. Go to your profile picture .
    3. Select Settings .
    4. Select Parent Settings.
    5. Select your child and follow the next steps.

    Option 2: On the web at families.youtube.com

    1. Go to families.youtube.com.
    2. Sign in to the Google Account you use as a parent manager of your child’s account.
    3. Select a child from your family group and follow the next steps.

    Option 3: From the Family Link app

    1. Sign in to your Family Link app Family Link.
    2. Select your child.
    3. Tap Manage Settings.
    4. Tap Settings on YouTube and follow the next steps.

    Option 4: From the YouTube app on a child's device

    1. Sign in to YouTube on your child’s device with their Google Account that is linked to yours.
    2. Select GET STARTED and follow the next steps. You’ll need to enter your own Google Account password to give permission.
  3. Make sure your child’s YouTube app is up to date. Sign your child in to YouTube on their computer, Android, or iPhone or iPad, and they can begin their supervised experience.

Change your settings with a supervised account

Content settings

You can change the content setting for your child’s supervised account at any time.

  1. Sign in to YouTube.
  2. Go to your profile picture .
  3. Select Settings .
  4. Select Parent Settings.
  5. Select your child’s account you’d like to edit.
  6. Under YouTube Settings, select EDIT next to “Content Settings”.
  7. Choose a content setting for your child and choose SELECT to save.

Pause watch history

You can stop new video views from recommending other videos.

Pause search history

You can stop new search terms from recommending other videos.

Clear history

You can clear watch and search history made with your child’s account across all of their linked devices.

Unblock videos

Note: Blocking isn’t currently available in supervised experiences on YouTube.

If you block videos or channels in YouTube Kids and you’ve created a supervised experience on YouTube for the same child’s account, the videos or channels that you block in YouTube Kids will also be blocked when your child uses YouTube.

You can unblock those videos and channels, and they’ll be unblocked in both YouTube Kids and the supervised experience on YouTube. If you’ve only set up a supervised experience for your child on YouTube and not on YouTube Kids, the “Unblock” setting won’t do anything at this time.

Learn more about other ways to manage your recommendations and search results on YouTube.

If you find something you believe is inappropriate for YouTube, please report it.

Review child's watch history

To review your child’s watch history in their supervised account:

  1. On your child's device, visit the My Activity page.
  2. Select “YouTube History”.
  3. Select “Manage activity”.
  4. Scroll to go to all past activity.
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