Child endangerment policy

Uploading, commenting or engaging in any type of activity that sexualises minors will immediately result in an account termination.

In cases where a video contains child sexual abuse imagery, our team will report it to NCMEC, who in turn works with global law enforcement agencies.

Reporting child endangerment

If you believe that a child is in imminent danger, you should contact your local law enforcement agency to report the situation.

Here are two ways that you can report child endangerment for YouTube to review:

  • Flag the video: Report videos that contain sexually inappropriate content involving minors by flagging the video.
  • 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.

If we believe that a child is in danger based on content that has been reported to us, we will assist with investigations into the content by law enforcement agencies when appropriate.

Adult themes in family content 

YouTube is home to videos that are intended to educate and entertain families. Videos that are made to appear as family content but contain adult themes will likely be age-restricted so that only people over 18 can view the content. Videos that mislead viewers by appearing to be family content but contain sexual themes or obscene content are prohibited by YouTube and will be removed.

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