Our Community Guidelines describe what content is allowed and not allowed on YouTube. They're the rules of the road and every video must adhere to them. When videos violate these guidelines, we remove them. Some videos don't violate our policies but may not be appropriate for viewers under 18. We age-restrict these videos. When deciding whether to age-restrict content we consider issues such as violence or disturbing imagery. We also consider sexually suggestive content, nudity and the portrayal of dangerous or illegal activities.
When a video is age restricted, a warning screen is displayed before the video is played. Only users 18 years of age or older can then proceed to view the material. To reduce the chances of viewers accidentally stumbling across these videos, they are not shown in certain sections of YouTube. Additionally, age-restricted videos can't be watched on most third-party websites. These videos will redirect viewers back to YouTube when played.
Appealing the age restriction on your video
Creators have the ability to appeal an age restriction. If your video was age-restricted, you can appeal it on your account Videos page. Click the 'Appeals Link' next to your age-restricted video. The YouTube team will review your request and take further action if appropriate. Note that you may only appeal the age restriction on your video once.