Teen safety tools

Teens are an important part of the YouTube community. If you're a teen, use the tools and tips below for staying safe on YouTube. Note that you must meet the minimum age requirements in your country to set up a Google account.

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

  • 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 uploading something you'd want your grandparents, 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, 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. Don't try to meet up in person with anyone who you've been interacting with online without consulting a trusted adult first.
  • Use YouTube's privacy features. YouTube has features to help you limit who can see the videos that you post. Protect your privacy by setting personal videos to 'private' or 'unlisted'. Use the Privacy and safety settings page to explore the tools available to help you manage your experience on the site.
To report harassment, threats, impersonation or bullying, use our reporting tool. If you see a video that contains inappropriate content, you can report it.
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