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Choices for every family
Every family has a different approach to how they use technology, explore online, and set digital ground rules. That’s why we offer options for you to decide which YouTube experience is best for your unique family.
Discover two ways for kids to explore
New parent supervised experience
Separate app made just for kids
Frequently asked questions
Understanding your choices
What’s the difference between a supervised experience on YouTube and regular YouTube?
Your child’s experience will look much like YouTube’s flagship app and website, but with adjustments to the content they can find and watch, features they can use, default account settings, and ads protections.
The videos they can watch will depend on a content setting that you select for their supervised account when granting them permission to use YouTube. We’ll disable a number of standard features normally available in YouTube, like comments and live chat, as well as the abilities to create a channel, upload content, and make purchases. Automatic reminders will appear for breaks and bedtime, which they can adjust to reinforce healthy screen time habits, and YouTube’s autoplay feature will be off by default as well.
Since self-expression and community are integral parts of the YouTube experience we’ll work with parents and experts as we consider adding some of these features in the future.
What’s a beta? Why are you launching this experience in beta?
Beta means we’re still improving the experience, and we welcome you to join if you’d like to be a part of the journey. To help us get here, we’ve spoken with parents and child development and children’s media experts from all over the world. But YouTube serves billions of users globally and every family has a different approach to how they use technology, access the internet, and set digital ground rules. We expect this experience to evolve over time as we continue shaping the product, gathering feedback, and thoughtfully adding more tools for parents.
What is YouTube Kids? How is it different from a supervised account on YouTube?
YouTube Kids is our dedicated app built from the ground up with kids in mind, while a supervised account gives you the choice to allow your kids access to a managed version of regular YouTube.
We launched YouTube Kids in 2015 to give kids a safer, more contained environment, with three content settings (Pre-school, Younger, and Older) and parental controls to help guide their viewing experience. Content in YouTube Kids is a diverse but smaller selection of content than regular YouTube - selected through a combination of human review, curated playlists from experts, and algorithmic filtering.
Learn more at youtube.com/kids.
Supervised accounts on YouTube
How do I get started?
Supervised accounts on YouTube are available for children under 13 (or applicable age in your country) with a Google Account managed by Family Link. By setting up a supervised account linked to your own, and using your child’s account to sign in to YouTube, we can adjust their experience as described in the first FAQ above.
Learn more to get started.
What are my choices for content settings?
As a parent, you’ve watched your child grow and have seen their interests change. Wherever these new interests lead them, YouTube’s diverse platform of content creators offer entertainment, ideas, perspectives, and communities for them to explore. You know your child best and that’s why we offer three content setting options for you to choose:
- Explore: Generally aligns with content ratings for viewers ages 9+. This will feature a range of vlogs, tutorials, gaming videos, music videos, news, educational content, DIY, arts and crafts, dance, and more. No live streams, except for Premieres.
- Explore more: Generally aligns with content ratings for viewers ages 13+. This setting will include a larger set of videos – including live streams – in the same categories as Explore.
- Most of YouTube: Includes almost everything on YouTube, excluding content marked 18+ by channels, our systems, or our reviewers.
These content settings contain a vast number of videos and are significantly larger than our separate YouTube Kids app. Our systems work hard to prevent inappropriate content, but are not perfect and will make mistakes. Some videos may be unsuitable for kids. If you prefer a more limited experience for your child, YouTube Kids may be a better option.
Learn more about the content policies for each of these content settings.
How does YouTube protect my child from inappropriate videos?
People around the world use YouTube to express their ideas and opinions freely, and we believe that a broad range of perspectives ultimately makes us a stronger and more informed society, even if we disagree with some of those views. Our Community Guidelines set out what’s allowed and not allowed on YouTube, and also apply in a supervised experience.
By setting up a supervised account for your child, and choosing a content setting for them, this will provide additional limits on the content they can find or get recommended.
We care deeply about our users and work hard to exclude unsuitable videos, but no automated system of filters is perfect. You can change app permissions and content settings for your child at any time. If you find something you believe violates our Community Guidelines, report it for review. This makes YouTube better for everyone.
What parental controls are available?
Your child’s supervised account is linked to your own account, which gives you the ability to adjust their account settings. This includes changing their content setting, pausing or clearing their history, blocking channels, and if needed, removing their access to YouTube. Learn more here.
Can I grant my child’s supervised account access to YouTube Music or YouTube TV?
If you decide your child is ready to explore YouTube with a supervised account, the content setting you choose for them will also apply to official albums, singles, videos, remixes, live performances and more when they sign in to YouTube Music on Android, iOS and desktop.
Supervised accounts are not supported on YouTube TV.
How does YouTube protect my child’s privacy?
Your child can manage and learn more about their privacy settings and controls under "Your Data in YouTube" in their account. This page includes a summary of their content and activity data, settings to manage this data, and information on how their data is used to improve their YouTube experience, like reminding them what they’ve watched, and giving them more relevant recommendations and search results. As the parent manager of your child’s Google Account, you can pause or clear their search and watch history from Family Link, or from your parent settings page in YouTube.
What about ads? Will my child see them?
Yes. Limited paid advertisements make it possible for YouTube to provide an experience free of charge for families everywhere, and help support content creators to bring their creative ideas to life. To better protect children, ads in certain categories are prohibited and personalized ads are disabled. If you have a YouTube Premium family plan your child is eligible for ad-free viewing and other shared benefits of membership.