How to keep kids safe on YouTube

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How to keep kids safe on YouTube

Parents need to know four things about the safety on YouTube. First, the good news is there is a safe view mode. While YouTube does do a fairly good job of keeping out some content, unfortunately your child can stumble upon either very violent videos or restricted content. So when you turn on the YouTube safe view mode, you can skip that experience for your child. YouTube´s own terms of service require in accordance with the Children´s Online Privacy Protection Act that any member of YouTube be 13 years of age or older so if your child is under the age of 13 and they have an account, you need to delete it. Parents also need to understand a lot of times kids use YouTube to seek social acceptance. They post videos looking for anonymous feedback. They post outrageous videos or sometimes they just use YouTube to vent. Now this is problematic because it makes them susceptible to unwanted feedback as well as a victim of cyber bullying. Now for your teen that is mature enough to have a YouTube account, knowing how to use it responsibly. YouTube does a fantastic job of allowing your kid to activate the privacy settings. That way they can restrict who sees their video and block anybody from seeing the videos that they don´t want to and that is a great thing because YouTube should be enjoyed.

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Mary Kay Hoal

Family Internet Safety Expert

Mary Kay Hoal is a nationally recognized expert on children’s online safety. She is the founder and president of Yoursphere Media Inc., which focuses on the family and publishes the kids’ social network Mary Kay also offers parents Internet-safety information and tips at She has been profiled on CNN, Fox & Friends, FOX Business, E!, Lifetime TV, ABC News Now, and The Reader's Digest. Mary Kay is also part of the "Web Avenger" team for ABC's 20/20.

In 2012, Mary Kay founded The Yoursphere Media Foundation and Coalition for Internet Safety Education and Reform (FCISER), which is dedicated to creating a network of community educators that provide children, their parents, schools and communities, with the necessary skills, knowledge and tools they need to have a positive and safer digital experience.

Mary Kay has also been published on sites such as, Yahoo! Shine and ABC News where she's able to reach millions of parents. 


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