Advice on YouTube
Did you know that YouTube is only intended for children over 13? Read Kids and Media's advice on how to relate to the popular website.
Kids and Media's advice on YouTube:
- Kids and Media recommends that parents stay close by if younger children are allowed to use YouTube – when this is possible. The YouTube Terms of Service state that the “the YouTube Website is not intended for children under 13”.
- Discuss with your child what kind of videos it is all right to watch on YouTube.
- You don’t always know what you get to see on YouTube until you click the play button. Talk with your child about the fact that they might come across content that is unsuitable for children.
- Invite your child to talk to you if he or she watches a scary or uncomfortable video clip.
- It might be useful to activate the filter that is found at the bottom of the YouTube website if younger children are allowed to use the website. The filter is activated by changing the “Safety Mode” from “off” to “on”. Unfortunately, the filter isn’t especially effective, and activating it should not create a false sense of security in parents. Remember that the most important filter is in the mind and the heart of the child, not on the website or your computer.
Does your child want to publish video clips on YouTube?
- Talk to your child about copyrights related to images, video clips and music.
- If you want to publish images or video clips showing a recognisable person, you always have to ask this person for permission.