Parental controls & settings for YouTube Kids profiles

YouTube Kids offer a safer and simpler experience for kids. There are various controls and settings for you to guide their viewing journey. 

Note: If you want to learn more about parental controls and settings for supervised experiences, get more info in our Help Center

Manage parental controls & settings 

There are several ways that you can manage these controls. When you set up a Google Account for your child, you can set up parental controls for YouTube Kids experience through Family Link. When you set up a YouTube Kids profile for your child, you can set up parental controls through YouTube and YouTube Kids.

Use parental controls and settings on YouTube Kids

You can view parental controls and settings for YouTube Kids profiles from YouTube Kids:

  1. Select the Lock in the corner of your screen.
  2. Complete the multiplication problem or enter your custom passcode.
  3. Select Settings .
Note: There are some device settings, such as Cast and Custom Passcode, that you can change without selecting your child’s profile.

Use your linked parent account's YouTube settings

To view parental controls and settings for YouTube Kids profiles from your YouTube settings:

  1. Sign in to YouTube with your linked parent account.
  2. Go to your profile picture .
  3. Select Settings .
  4. Select Parent Settings.
    1. If you’re on a computer, select Manage settings for your kids, next to “Parent Settings.”

Use the Family Link app

To view parental controls and settings for YouTube Kids profiles from Family Link:

  1. On your device, open the Family Link app Family Link.
  2. Select your child.
  3. Tap Controls and then Content restrictions and then YouTube.
  4. Change your YouTube Kids settings, under "YouTube Kids Settings."

Change specific parental controls & settings

You can tailor the YouTube Kids experience for your child by adjusting specific parental controls and settings. These controls and settings let you:

Block or share content

Block content:

YouTube Kids: How to block videos

Share content: Sign in to your Google Account to share videos and channels from YouTube with your linked child accounts.

Note: You can't share videos with your child that are live, age restricted, or purchased content. They also can't include paid product placement. 

Share content from YouTube to your child’s YouTube Kids experience

Change your child's content level settings 
Parents can choose how content will be selected in YouTube Kids.

Change the content level setting for your child's YouTube Kids profile from YouTube Kids:

Note: In addition to the content setting you choose for your child, any content you share with them from YouTube will also be available in YouTube Kids.
  1. Select the Lock in the corner of your screen.
  2. Complete the multiplication problem or enter your custom passcode.
  3. Select Settings .
  4. Select your child’s profile and enter your parent account password.
  5. Select Preschool, Younger, Older, or Approve content yourself.

Change your child’s content level setting from YouTube:

  1. Sign in to YouTube with your linked parent account.
  2. Go to your profile picture .
  3. Select Settings .
  4. Select Parent Settings.
  5. Select your child’s profile or account.
  6. Under "YouTube Kids Settings," select EDIT next to “Content Settings.”
    • Note: If you want to change their content setting to Approve content yourself, you have to use the YouTube Kids app to make this change.

If you manage your child’s Google Account with Family Link, you can also change their content level setting from the Family Link app:

  1. On your device, open the Family Link app Family Link.
  2. Select your child.
  3. Tap Controls and then Content restrictions and then YouTube.
  4. Change your child’s content level setting for YouTube Kids, under “YouTube Kids Settings."
Note: You’ll get a preview of content that is available in each content setting when you click or tap the content setting’s name. You can change these settings at any time.
Approved content only 

In this setting, your child can only watch videos, channels, and collections that you’ve handpicked. Collections are videos and channels grouped by topics, such as science and music, picked by the YouTube Kids teams or by our partners.

In this setting, your child can’t search for any videos in YouTube Kids.

YouTube Kids: How to approve what your kids can watch

To change your child’s content setting to Approve content yourself:

  1. Open the YouTube Kids app on your child's device.
  2. Tap the Lock icon in the bottom corner of any page in the app.
  3. Complete the multiplication problem or enter your custom passcode.
  4. Select Settings .
  5. Select your child’s profile and enter your parent account password.
  6. Select EDIT SETTINGS.
  7. Select Approve content yourself to turn on.
  8. Review the info in the “Getting Started” pop-up.
  9. Tap Select.
  10. Tap on any collection, channel, or video to approve content you’d like to make available to your child.
  11. Select DONE in the red box at the bottom of the screen to exit.
Note: You can edit the list of collections, channels, and videos you’ve approved at any time by tapping Manage under the “Approved content only” setting. While you're approving content, you can preview what your child's experience will be like by tapping PREVIEW. You can also turn off “Approved content only” at any time by returning to Settings.
Turn off search 

You can restrict your child to a more limited set of videos in YouTube Kids by turning off the Search feature.

With the Search feature turned off, your child can’t search for videos. Your child will also be limited to videos and channels verified by YouTube Kids. Learn more about Search in YouTube Kids

To turn off the Search feature, switch Search to off in Settings .

If you turn off Search, the watch and search history for your kid’s YouTube Kids profile is cleared. Recommended videos and Watch it again will also be reset. 

Review your child's watch history

You can review your child’s watch history for YouTube Kids in Watch it again.

On your child’s mobile device or tablet:

  • Tap Watch it again  at the top of the home screen.

On your child’s computer:

  • In the top corner of the screen, select your child’s profile picture to view the Watch it again videos.

Note: Only videos viewed in YouTube Kids on that device will show up in Watch it again.

Clear history

You can clear the watch and search history for your child’s account across all of their linked devices from YouTube:

  1. Sign in to YouTube with your linked parent account.
  2. Go to your profile picture .
  3. Select Settings .
  4. Select Parent Settings.
  5. Select your child’s profile or account.
  6. Select Clear history.
  7. To save your changes, select CLEAR.

You can also clear your kid’s history, and reset videos on Recommended and Watch it again from YouTube Kids:

  1. Select the Lock in the corner of your screen.
  2. Complete the multiplication problem or enter your custom passcode.
  3. Select Settings .
  4. Select your child’s profile and enter your parent account password.
  5. Select Clear history.
  6. To save your changes, select OK.
Turn off autoplay

You can turn off Autoplay for your child by selecting Disable autoplay. Your child can’t turn on Autoplay when this setting is on.

To disable autoplay for your child from YouTube:

  1. Sign in to YouTube with your linked parent account.
  2. Go to your profile picture .
  3. Select Settings .
  4. Select Parent Settings.
  5. Select your child’s profile or account.
  6. Switch Disable autoplay to on.
Pause watch history
You can stop new video views from being used as signals to recommend other videos. Pausing watch history will also stop new video views from being used as signals for Recommended videos and Watch it again.

To pause your child’s watch history from YouTube Kids:

  1. Select the Lock in the corner of your screen.
  2. Complete the multiplication problem or enter your custom passcode.
  3. Select Settings .
  4. Select your child's profile and enter your parent account password.
  5. Switch Pause watch history to on.
  6. To save your changes, select OK.

To pause your child’s watch history from YouTube:

  1. Sign in to YouTube with your linked parent account.
  2. Go to your profile picture .
  3. Select Settings .
  4. Select Parent Settings.
  5. Select your child’s profile or account.
  6. Switch Pause watch history to on.
Pause search history
Pausing search history will also stop new search terms from being used as signals for Recommended videos.

To Pause your child’s search history from YouTube Kids:

  1. Select the Lock in the corner of your screen.
  2. Complete the multiplication problem or enter your custom passcode.
  3. Select Settings .
  4. Select your child's profile and enter your parent account password.
  5. Switch Pause search history to on.
  6. To save your changes, select OK.

To pause your child’s search history from YouTube:

  1. Sign in to YouTube with your linked parent account.
  2. Go to your profile picture .
  3. Select Settings .
  4. Select Parent Settings.
  5. Select your child’s profile or account.
  6. Switch Pause search history to on.

YouTube Premium

There are several benefits to using your YouTube Premium membership with YouTube Kids. For example, you and your child can watch videos on YouTube Kids without any paid ads. 

You’ll also get access to downloads and Background play. Learn more about these settings

 

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