My daughter loves watching videos on YouTube on my tablet. She loves watching those toy unboxing videos, playdough and music videos. I don’t mind her taking over my tablet too much, and I try to monitor what she watches, but I can’t be there every single second.
How To Block A Channel On YouTube
UPDATE February 2017- This post has been updated with new info. I previously stated that blocking a channel will make the videos not appear to you which is incorrect.
My main concern with her watching YouTube is actually due to one of the most popular features – the suggested videos on the right sidebar. My daughter can go from video to video without needing much help from me, which is great. BUT sometimes the suggested videos are not appropriate for my daughter.
YOUTUBE APP ALTERNATIVES FOR KIDS
She started watching “Let It Go” (over and over again) and then she would watch other Frozen clips. Then one day I noticed that the Frozen cartoon she was watching was a scary “parody” of Frozen. I made her change it, but the suggested videos would keep popping up. There were other channels I didn’t like her watching as well, that also continued to pop up.
There are a few things you can do to keep your kids safe on YouTube and keep the questionable videos from being shown to them. BUT nothing is 100% guaranteed, especially on mobile. At the end of the post, I share some alternatives to YouTube. My favorite is ABCMouse because it is a really good substitute and also educational. (Try a free month trial here).
Why would you want to block someone on YouTube?
Here’s another example of something I DEFINITELY don’t want my kids watching. This is one of the types of videos my kids watch. I would hear this song constantly. When I saw this post shared on Facebook, it literally made me sick to my stomach.
This is where your mom-instincts come into play. You will need to keep an eye out for the channels that your kids are coming to contact with that are objectionable. My suggestion is that you pay close attention to what your kids watch, but also look at their history from time to time.
How do you get rid of recommended channels on YouTube?
Unfortunately, you can’t right now.
How do you get rid of recommended videos on YouTube?
Can’t do that either.
How do you block a channel on YouTube Mobile?
Sensing a theme here? Can’t do it. 🙁
What happens when you block someone on YouTube?
When you block a channel or a person on YouTube, you are only blocking them from commenting on your videos and sending you private messages. Not very helpful right?
Is there ANY way to block a channel on YouTube?
Actually there is one way you can block a channel on YouTube but it’s not through YouTube itself. It is actually a Google Chrome extension. So, it only works when watching YouTube on a laptop/desktop with Google Chrome.
How to set up restricted mode on YouTube
This is an overall control setting for YouTube.
VERY IMPORTANT: You need to do this on all your devices. Setting the safety mode on your desktop does not set the safety mode on your iPhone or tablet.
This is how you turn on the Restricted Mode in two clicks on your desktop or laptop.
Step 1 – Scroll down to the bottom of any page and click on Restricted. (Previously called Safety Mode)
Step 2 – Click the button for On.
This is how you turn on the Restricted Mode on an iPhone.
Step 1 – Click on the gear wheel on the upper right corner
Step 2 – Click on Restricted Mode Filtering
Step 3 – Click on Strict
This is how you turn on the Restriced Mode on an Android Tablet.
Step 1 – Click on the three vertical dots on the upper right hand corner.
Step 2 – Click Settings
Step 3 – Click on the box that says Restricted Mode
NOTE: Restricted mode does block some things that you might want to see. Not inappropriate things even – it was blocking some videos about blogging for me. But I decided I wanted my child to be safe more than I wanted to watch a few missing videos.
What are some other options besides YouTube?
YOUTUBE APP ALTERNATIVES FOR KIDS
If you want your kids to be entertained with videos but NOT watch YouTube, there are a few options.
It’s an app for your smartphone (not available on desktop) from YouTube that is targeted just to kids. It’s all kid’s videos so they are less likely to see something bad. It’s not impossible, but still better than YouTube.
From the site:
“We’ve taken a number of precautions to ensure that families using YouTube Kids will see videos that are appropriate for younger audiences. We screen Recommended content using a mix of automated analysis and user input, and we are continuously making improvements based on new technology, research, and user feedback. Please remember, YouTube handles tremendous breadth, depth and scale of content — so while we work hard to get it right, sometimes your child may find content in the app that you may not want them to watch.”
ABCMouse.com is an online early education website for kids 2 -8. They recently added a 2nd grade curriculum too. Their animated videos and songs are all created and housed on the site, so you don’t need to worry about “recommended videos.” Plus it’s educational!
You can even get a free month trial of ABCMouse to see if you and your child will like it.
This would be all videos you’ve bought for your kids. That can get a little expensive, but this option would give you the most control on what your kids watch.
Sprout is a TV channel, so some of the videos on the site are free to watch, others you need to log in with your TV subscription. They verify that you have a TV package with the channel and then you can watch all the videos.