FAQ 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 the content that they can find and play, features that they can use, their default account settings and their privacy protections will be different.

The content that your child can play will depend on the content setting that 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 integral parts of the YouTube experience, we work with parents and experts when we consider what features to turn on and off 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 children in mind. With a supervised account, parents select a content setting that limits what children 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 a combination of human review, curated playlists from experts and algorithmic filtering.

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 aged over 13 who have added supervision to their teen's Google Account can also use Restricted mode to control what videos their teen sees.

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 three content settings that you can choose from:

  • Explore: Generally aligns with content ratings for viewers aged 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, controlled substances and educational videos related to body image and changes, mental and sexual health.
  • Explore more: Generally aligns with content ratings for viewers aged 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, controlled substances, non-explicit sexual references and topics related to physical, mental and sexual health and wellbeing.
  • 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 that you choose for your child's supervised account will also apply to the official albums, singles, mixes, videos and more when they sign in to the YouTube Music app or website.

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

In order to download the YouTube or YouTube Music app, parents should review the content and 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, but aren't currently supported on older Android TV devices, Chromecast with Google TV devices or Microsoft Xbox game consoles.

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. Supervised accounts can use Google Assistant on shared devices, such as Google Assistant-enabled speakers, Smart Displays and Smart Clocks, if you add your child's Google Account and voice to the device.

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 that 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 personalised ads are turned off. Viewers of 'Made for Kids' content may see an ad bumper before and after a video ad is shown. This 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 that there's a paid product placement or endorsement in their video through YouTube's paid product placement and endorsement notification tools 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 part of Google and adheres to Google's privacy policies and principles. We know that it's important for you to understand what personal info we collect in association with your child's Google Account, why we collect it and how you can update, manage, export 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) explain our privacy practices for your child's account.

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, settings to manage this data and info on how their data is used to improve their YouTube experience, like reminding them what they've watched, and giving them more relevant recommendations and search results.

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

Are supervised accounts available for schools or educational organisations?

Supervised accounts are currently available for personal accounts, not accounts for schools or educational organisations. How you're signed in to your device may affect if 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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