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 restrictions
Below you'll find more detail about the types of content that 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 that may be age-restricted. Click through each policy section for additional examples. Keep in mind that 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 that 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 that we made a mistake, you can appeal the age restriction.
Monetisation and age restrictions
If your channel is eligible for ads, make sure that you review our advertiser-friendly content guidelines. Age-restricted videos can use ads to monetise. 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 monetisation.
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.