FAQs for parents about supervised accounts

What’s the difference between a supervised account and a regular YouTube or YouTube Music account?

Your child’s supervised account will look much like a regular YouTube or YouTube Music account but will vary in available features and settings.

The content your child can play will depend on the content setting you choose for their supervised account. Some features normally available on YouTube and YouTube Music won’t be available. To get a list of the unavailable features, go to What is a supervised experience on YouTube?.

Since self-expression and community are an important part of YouTube, we work with parents and experts when deciding what features are affected for supervised accounts.

What is YouTube Kids? How is it different from a supervised account on YouTube?

YouTube Kids is our dedicated app built with kids in mind. With a supervised account, parents select a content setting that limits what kids can find and play on YouTube and YouTube Music.

Videos in YouTube Kids are a diverse but smaller selection of videos than what is available on regular YouTube. Videos are selected through several combinations. These videos are selected by human review and curated playlists from experts. Algorithmic filtering will also help to choose appropriate videos.

To learn more about the differences between YouTube Kids and supervised accounts, go to Understand your choices as a family.

What is Restricted Mode? How is it different from a supervised account on YouTube?

Restricted Mode is an optional setting on YouTube. It helps screen potentially adult content that you may prefer not to see or don’t want others using your device to see. Users who want a more limited YouTube experience, such as libraries, schools, and public institutions, usually turn on Restricted Mode.

Parents of teens over 13 who have added supervision to their teen's Google Account can also use Restricted Mode to help screen out potentially mature content.

Supervised accounts aren't available for teens over the relevant age in their country/region who have supervision added to their existing Google Accounts. Supervised accounts are available for children under 13 (or the relevant age in their country/region) and give parents controls to manage their child’s YouTube experience.

What are my choices for content settings when I set up a supervised account for my child?

There are 3 content settings you can choose from:

  • Explore: Generally aligns with content ratings for viewers 9+. Videos include vlogs, tutorials, gaming videos, music videos, news, and more. No live streams, except for Premieres. Some videos contain instances of mild violence, offensive language, and controlled substances. Some videos can also contain educational content related to body image and changes, mental and sexual health.
  • Explore more: Generally aligns with content ratings for viewers 13+. This setting will include an even larger set of videos. Videos include live streams, vlogs, tutorials, gaming videos, music videos, news, educational videos, DIY, arts and crafts, dance, and more. Some videos contain instances of real-world violence, limited profanity, or controlled substances. Non-explicit sexual references and topics related to physical, mental, and sexual health and wellbeing can also be present.
  • Most of YouTube: This setting includes almost everything on YouTube except for videos marked as 18+ and other videos that may not be appropriate for viewers using supervised experiences. Videos include live streams, vlogs, tutorials, gaming videos, music videos, news, educational videos, DIY, arts and crafts, dance, and much more. Some videos will contain sensitive topics that may be appropriate for older teens, such as graphic violence, adult content, nudity, explicit profanity, and topics such as mental illness, dieting, and sexual health.

Learn more in Content settings for families using supervised experiences.

Can I grant my child’s supervised account access to YouTube Music or YouTube TV?

Supervised accounts are supported for YouTube Music. The content setting you choose for your child's supervised account will also apply to YouTube Music content when they sign in to the app or website.

What if I can’t download YouTube or YouTube Music on my child’s iOS device?

To download the YouTube or YouTube Music app, parents should review their Content & Privacy Restrictions settings on their child’s iOS device.

If my child has a supervised account, can they use YouTube on my TV?

Supervised accounts can use YouTube on most eligible smart TVs, Microsoft Xbox, Nintendo Switch, and Sony PlayStation. Supervised accounts aren't supported on older Android TV devices.

How do I set up a supervised account using a Google Assistant-enabled device?

To add your child, follow the steps in Let your child use Google Assistant on your devices.  If you add your child's Google Account and voice to the device, supervised accounts can use Google Assistant on shared devices.

How does YouTube filter out inappropriate content?

Our Community Guidelines outline what’s allowed and not allowed on YouTube. These guidelines apply to everyone, regardless of their age. If you set up a supervised account for your child, there are policies to figure out what content is eligible for the different content settings.

We care deeply about our users and work hard to exclude unsuitable content, but no automated system of filters is perfect. You can change app permission and content settings for your child at any time. If you find something you believe is inappropriate for YouTube, you can report it.

How do ads work with supervised accounts?

To better protect children, ads in certain categories are prohibited and personalized ads are turned off. Viewers of "made for kids" content may see an ad bumper before and after a video ad is shown. This bumper helps alert them when an advertisement is starting and ending. If you have a YouTube Premium family plan, your child is eligible for ad-free content and other shared benefits of membership.

Videos where the creator has told us there’s a paid product placement or endorsement in their video will be shown to supervised accounts on YouTube. These videos must also comply with the ad policy on videos that are made for kids.

How does YouTube protect my child’s privacy?

YouTube is a part of Google and adheres to Google’s privacy policies and principles. We know it’s important for you to understand what personal info we collect in association with your child’s Google Account. We also know you need to know why we collect it, and how you can control and delete that info. The Google Privacy Policy and our Privacy Notice for Google Accounts for children under 13 (or the relevant age in their country/region) explains our privacy practices.

Your child can manage and learn more about their YouTube privacy settings and controls under "Your Data in YouTube" in their account. This page includes a summary of their video and activity data and settings to manage this data. The page also details info on how their data is used to improve their YouTube experience, like reminding them what they’ve watched and giving recommendations.

As the parent manager of your child’s Google Account, you can pause or clear their search and watch history from Family Link. You can also clear the history from your Parent Settings page in YouTube.

Are supervised accounts available for schools or educational organizations?

Supervised accounts are currently available for personal accounts. Supervised accounts are not available for schools or educational organizations. How you're signed in to your device may affect whether YouTube can be used. Learn more about supervised accounts.

Who is eligible for a supervised account on YouTube?

You can set up a supervised account on YouTube for your child who is under 13 (or the relevant age in their country/region).

You’re not eligible for a supervised account on YouTube if:

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