Have you ever wondered what your six-year-old might stumble upon while on YouTube? Well, you’re not alone; plenty of parents have raised the question. Here are some internet functions, sites, and tips to help minimize your concerns.
YouTube Safety Mode
YouTube has created a new feature called “Safety Mode”. When enabled, Safety Mode blocks offensive videos and hides comments, by default. It also replaces the offensive words on the comment board with asterisks.
When certain words are entered in the search box (ex: nudity, violence, etc.), videos containing those words will be blocked and prevented from popping up, or filtered, depending on the word. It also filters the related videos that appear on the side of the screen.
When you log in to YouTube, you can install and lock the safety settings. Scroll to the bottom of the page and turn your Safety Mode on and save the settings. Be sure to do this on every browser (especially less known ones such as Opera and Junior) because the Safety Mode setting is browser specific.
Bookmark Great Video Websites
There are a lot of great websites that are full of kid-friendly material. Here are a few of them:
- http://www.kidyos.com/ (great for kids 6 and under)
Communication is Key
Sometimes children stumble upon inappropriate material. It’s unfortunate but true in the world we live in today. Many times children feel guilt and blame themselves for these events. If parents are able to talk to their children openly, however, then they can teach their children how to avoid and properly handle these situations. Here are tips to establish better communication with your kids about the internet:
- Address the question of what to do when unwanted material appears on the computer screen. Help your children understand the differences between seeking out that material and material spontaneously appearing on the screen.
- For more information visit: http://www.cybersafefamily.com/how-to-talk-to-your-kids-about-inappropriate-material-on-the-internet/
- Make sure your children understand what your true motive is; it isn’t to restrict their freedoms, but rather keep them safe because you love them. Make it clear that love is the motive.
- Follow age-based tips for internet usage and teach good internet understanding