Block & share content on YouTube Kids

You can sign in to the YouTube Kids app to block channels and videos, or change video quality settings. You can also sign in to YouTube using your linked parent account to:

  • Block content from your child's YouTube Kids profile.
  • Share content from YouTube to your child's YouTube Kids profile.

Share channels & videos

You can share channels and videos from the YouTube app to your child’s YouTube Kids account. Sharing videos from the YouTube app allows your child to watch videos that aren't normally available on YouTube Kids. Sharing is also a great tool for highlighting the content that you want your child to watch. Shared content will remain on your child's home screen until it's unshared or blocked.

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

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Note: To use the sharing feature, you must be signed in with the Google Account linked to your child's YouTube Kids profile. Make sure you’ve verified your birthday to confirm you’re over the age of 18. If your birthday isn’t verified, you can’t sign in with your Google Account to set up sharing. 

This feature is only available on the YouTube app on mobile devices.

Share content from YouTube using your linked parent account

To share content from the YouTube app:

  1. Tap More next to any video or channel page you’d like to share, OR under the video player, tap SHARE .
  2. In the dialog, tap With kids. This option will only surface if your account is linked to a YouTube Kids profile or a supervised Google Account.
  3. Tap the SHARE button next to the profile that you want to share the video to. Once you tap SHARE, the button will change to UNSHARE
  4. Tap Done

Your child can view shared content under the Shared tab on the YouTube Kids Home screen.

There are certain videos or channels you can’t share with your kid’s account:

  • Age restricted videos.
  • Videos with paid product placement.
  • Live videos (available to share once the live stream is over).
  • Purchased content.
  • Videos and channels that you’ve previously blocked in YouTube Kids for that child.
  • Shorts.

Unshare content that you've previously shared with your child

To remove select content you’ve previously shared with your child:
  1. Sign in to YouTube Kids.
  2. Click or tap on the Shared tab. This tab will show the content you’ve shared with your child.
  3. Tap More beside the shared video.
  4. Tap Remove from shared.

OR

  1. Sign in to the YouTube app.
  2. Go to the specific channel or video you’ve shared with your child previously.
  3. Tap More next to the video or channel, OR
    1. Under the video player, tap Share .
  4. In the dialog, tap With Kids. This option will only surface if your account is linked to a YouTube Kids profile or a supervised Google Account.
  5. Tap the UNSHARE button next to the child you want to unshare the video with.
  6. When the button changes to “SHARE” you can tap Done to exit the dialog.

To clear all content you've previously shared to YouTube Kids with your child:

  1. Sign in to YouTube Kids.
  2. Tap Parent Settings.
  3. Tap your child's profile.
  4. Under "Clear shared content," tap CLEAR SHARED.

Block channels & videos 

When you block a channel for your child’s YouTube Kids profile using your linked parent account, you won't find it in YouTube Kids. You can also block a video or channel directly on YouTube Kids. If you try to block a video while signed out, a message will appear asking you to sign in. 

Blocking YouTube channels on supervised accounts

If you change your mind about a video or channel you’ve blocked, you can unblock it. If you sign out of YouTube Kids, any content you’ve blocked while signed in will be available when you sign out.

You can also report videos that you find inappropriate in YouTube Kids. The YouTube policy team will review the videos.

Notes:

  • If your child uses the same Google Account for YouTube and YouTube Kids, any channels blocked on YouTube will also be blocked on YouTube Kids.
  • Blocking a channel only blocks content uploaded to that specific channel. It doesn’t block videos that are reuploaded on other channels, or similar channels with related content.
  • Make sure you’ve verified your birthday to confirm you’re over the age of 18. If your birthday isn’t verified, you can’t sign into YouTube Kids  with your Google Account. 

Block specific channels from YouTube using your linked parent account

To block a specific channel from YouTube on your computer:

  1. Go to the channel page for the YouTube channel that you want to block.
  2. Go to the About tab on the channel page.
  3. Click Report user .
  4. Select Block channel for kids. This option will only surface if you’re using your linked parent account.
  5. A pop-up may surface alerting you that similar videos may still be available on other channels. Click CONTINUE.
  6. Select BLOCK next to the child you’d like to block this channel for.
  7. BLOCK will change to UNBLOCK, giving you the option to undo the action.
  8. Click DONE.

To block a specific channel from the YouTube app:

  1. Go to the channel page for the YouTube channel that you want to block.
  2. Tap More .
  3. Tap Block channel for kids. This option will only surface if you’re using your linked parent account.
  4. A pop-up may surface alerting you that similar videos may still be available on other channels. Tap CONTINUE.
  5. Tap BLOCK next to the child you’d like to block this channel for.
  6. BLOCK will change to UNBLOCK, giving you the option to undo the action.
  7. Tap Done .

You can also block content directly in YouTube Kids on your child’s device.

Block content from the YouTube Kids app

To block a video from the home screen:
  1. Sign in to the YouTube Kids app.
  2. Tap More  next to the video.
  3. Tap Block this video.
  4. Enter the numbers that show on the screen, or enter your custom passcode.

To block a video from the watch page:

  1. Sign in the YouTube Kids app. 
  2. Tap More  at the top of the video.
  3. Tap BLOCK.
  4. In the dialog that opens, select Block this video only, or select Block entire channel to block the channel associated with the video.
  5. Tap BLOCK.
  6. Enter the numbers that show on the screen, or enter your custom passcode.

Unblock individual channels from YouTube using your linked parent account

To unblock individual channels from YouTube, using your linked parent account:

​On a computer:

  1. Go to the channel page for the YouTube channel that you want to unblock.
  2. Go to the About tab on the channel page.
  3. Click Report user .
  4. Select Block channel for kids.This option will only surface if you’re using your linked parent account.
  5. A pop-up may surface alerting you that similar videos may still be available on other channels. Click CONTINUE.
  6. Select UNBLOCK next to the child you’d like to unblock this channel for.
  7. UNBLOCK will change to BLOCK, giving you the option to undo the action.
  8. Click DONE.

In the YouTube app:

  1. Go to the channel page for the YouTube channel you want to unblock.
  2. Tap More .
  3. Tap Block channel for kids. This option will only surface if you’re using your linked parent account.
  4. A pop-up may surface alerting you that similar videos may still be available on other channels. Tap CONTINUE.
  5. Tap UNBLOCK next to the child you’d like to unblock this channel for.
  6. UNBLOCK will change to BLOCK, giving you the option to undo the action.
  7. Tap DONE.

Unblock all content from YouTube using your linked parent account

To unblock all videos and channels from YouTube, using your linked parent account:

  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.”
  5. Select your child.
  6. Under GENERAL SETTINGS, click Unblock videos.
  7. A pop-up may surface alerting you that all content you’ve blocked in YouTube and YouTube Kids will be unblocked. Select UNBLOCK.

Unblock content with the YouTube Kids app

  1. Sign in to the YouTube Kids app.
  2. Go to Settings .
  3. Under “Privacy,” tap Unblock videos.
  4. Tap YES, UNBLOCK.
Note: If you're using YouTube Kids with Family Link, you can also unblock videos in the Family Link settings. Learn more.

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