Teen safety

Teens are an important part of the YouTube community. Here are some useful tools and friendly tips for staying safe on YouTube.

  • Know what type of content to film: When filming videos of your friends, classmates, or other minors, remember that they should never be sexually suggestive, violent, or dangerous.
  • Remember “The Grandma Rule”: Is what you’re filming or posting something you’d want your grandmother, boss, future employer, parents, or future in-laws to see? If not, it’s probably not a great idea to post it.
    • Once a video has been posted online, you never know who might see it. If it’s copied or reposted, you might not be able to remove every copy.
  • Prevent dangerous or uncomfortable situations: Don’t post something just because someone else asked you to. Also, please don’t try to meet anyone you have "met" online without consulting with a trusted adult first.
  • Use YouTube’s privacy features: YouTube has features to help you limit who can see the videos you post. Protect your privacy by setting personal videos to 'private' or 'unlisted.'

If you're a teacher or parent, please see our parent resources and educator resources. For more information on Internet safety, see these Google Tips for Online Safety.

Please note, children under 13 years are not permitted to set up a YouTube account.

To report harassment, threats, impersonation and bullying, please visit our reporting tool If you see a video that contains inappropriate content, please flag it.

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