Stay safe as a teen on YouTube

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.

Note: To create a Google Account, you must meet the minimum age requirements in your country/region.

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.

Safety tips for teens

  • Know what type of content to film. When you film 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 that you'd want your grandparents, parents or future employer to watch? If not, it's probably not a great idea to post it. After you post a video, you never know who might view it. If the video gets 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 our privacy features. YouTube has features to help you limit who can view the videos that you post. To help protect your privacy, you can set personal videos to 'private' or 'unlisted'. To manage your experience on YouTube, visit the Privacy and safety centre.

  • To read tips and watch videos that can help you feel safer on YouTube, check out the Creator Safety Centre.
If you experience harassment, threats, impersonation or bullying, report the channel. If you find inappropriate content, report it.

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