Sometimes content doesn't violate our policies, but it may not be appropriate for viewers under 18. In these cases, we may place an age-restriction on the video. This policy applies to videos, video descriptions, custom thumbnails, live streams, and any other YouTube product or feature.
Learn more about age-restriction
Below is more detail about the types of content we consider for age-restriction. We may age-restrict your content if it contains one or more of these themes. We’ve provided examples of content which may be age-restricted. Click through each policy section for additional examples. Keep in mind this isn’t a complete list.
- A video containing adults participating in dangerous activities that minors could easily imitate, such as handling explosives or challenges that cause bodily injury
- A video meant for adult audiences but could easily be confused with family content
- A video about fake harmful pranks that seems so real that viewers can't tell the difference
- A video promoting a cannabis dispensary
- A video that invites sexual activity, such as provocative dancing or fondling
- A video where the subject is in a pose that is intended to sexually arouse the viewer or in clothing generally unacceptable in public contexts, such as lingerie
- A video with context showing victims’ injuries in a major road accident
- A video focused on violent or gory imagery, such as focusing solely on the most graphically violent part of a film or video game
- A video with heavy profanity in the title, thumbnail or associated metadata
- A video focused on the use of profanities such as a compilation or clips taken out of context
What happens if content is age-restricted?
Age-restricted videos are not viewable to users who are under 18 years of age or logged out. Additionally, age-restricted videos cannot be watched on most third-party websites. Viewers who click on an age-restricted video on another website, such as an embedded player, will be redirected to YouTube, where they will only be able to view the content when signed-in and over 18. This will help ensure that no matter where content is discovered, if a video is hosted by YouTube it will only be viewable by the appropriate audience.
If you believe we made a mistake, you can appeal the age restriction.
Monetization and age-restrictions
If your channel is eligible for ads, make sure you review our advertiser-friendly content guidelines. Age restricted videos can use ads to monetize. However, some advertisers prefer to advertise on family-friendly content or content without the themes noted above. In this case, your video may have limited or no ads monetization.
Check if your content is age-restricted
If your content is age-restricted, you’ll see “Age restriction” in the Restrictions column of your Videos page.
Viewers who are over 18 and are signed in can identify if a video is age-restricted below the video description. Learn more about watching age-restricted videos.