Child safety on YouTube
Safeguarding the emotional and physical well-being of minors is a priority for YouTube. A minor is defined as a person under the legal age of majority; usually anyone younger than 18 years old in most countries.
Report inappropriate content
We rely on YouTube community members to report content that they find inappropriate. If you come across content that you believe violates any of our policies mentioned below, please let us know. Reporting content is anonymous; other users won't know who made the report. Learn more.
Child endangerment policy
If you see content that you think is depicting a child in danger, you can:
- Flag the video: Report videos that contain sexually inappropriate content involving minors by flagging the video for 'Child abuse'.
- File an abuse report: If you have found multiple videos, comments or a user's entire account that you wish to report, please visit our reporting tool, where you will be able to submit a more detailed complaint.
Adult themes in family content
Cyberbullying and harassment
- Abusive videos, comments and messages
- Revealing someone's personal information, including sensitive, personally identifiable information such as social security numbers, passport numbers or bank account numbers
- Maliciously recording someone without their consent
- Deliberately posting content in order to humiliate someone
- Making hurtful and negative comments/videos about another person
- Unwanted sexualisation, which encompasses sexual harassment or sexual bullying in any form
- Incitement to harass other users or creators
Best practices for creators
We want creators to continue to have fun and be creative, but we ask that you follow our Community Guidelines. You should always be smart about the content that you post online, and ask for permission before you upload a video featuring someone to YouTube. In addition, if you're a creator and your content features minors, you must do the following:
- Keep minors physically safe. Never put them in harmful situations that may lead to injury, including dangerous stunts, dares and pranks.
- Don't cause emotional harm. Avoid situations that may cause emotional distress, such as exposing them to mature themes.
- Respect a minor's privacy. Secure consent from the minor's parent or legal guardian before featuring them in your video. Make sure that their participation in your video is voluntary.
- Moderate user comments on your videos. There are tools at your disposal to filter and review comments, and you can always flag comments to us for spam or abuse.
- Manage your video's privacy and embed settings. You have several options to control who can view your video and how it's shared on external sites.
Child labour laws and regulations
In addition to securing consent, you must comply with all the laws, rules and regulations related to working with minors. Please make sure that you understand and follow the law. Some areas that you should know about are:
- Permits: Review local laws and regulations to find out if minors in your videos need a permit, registration or licence to work. You should also know if you need a permit or authorisation to employ minors.
- Wages/Revenue sharing: You must follow applicable laws around paying minors for their work. In some cases, you may be required to pay a wage to minors. In others, you may be required to provide a share of the revenue that you are making from the videos to the minors directly, or set aside a portion that is protected for the minor.
- School & education: Participation of minors in your content must adhere with all applicable laws to protect from interference with adequate schooling and education.
- Working environment, hours & breaks: The working environment must be safe for the minor. They must have sufficient time for rest, education and recreation each day. Minors should not work into the night. You should also follow all local laws for times of work and limits on hours worked every day/week.