Staying safe as a teen

Teens are an important part of the YouTube community. If you're a teen, use the tools and tips below to stay safe on YouTube. You must meet the minimum age requirements in your country/region to set up a Google Account.

If you're a teacher or parent, go to our parent resources and educator resources. For more information on Internet safety, read the 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 your video something you'd want your grandparents, parents or future employer to watch? 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 can't remove every copy.
  • Prevent dangerous or uncomfortable situations. Don't post something just because someone else asked you to. Talk to a trusted adult before trying to meet up with an online friend.
  • Use YouTube's privacy features. YouTube has features to help you limit who can view the videos you post. Protect your privacy by setting personal videos to 'private' or 'unlisted'. Manage your experience on the site with the Privacy and safety centre.
To report harassment, threats, impersonation or bullying, follow the instructions to report the channel here. If you find a video that contains inappropriate content, you can report it.
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