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Filter YouTube and enable restrictions for individual devices

YouTube can sometimes show videos that contain inappropriate content. Want to filter the videos that can be accessed? No problem—we'll show you how to do this.

Step 1: Change YouTube filter settings

First off, we need to open the Safe Surfer dashboard and select the device that we're going to change the YouTube settings for. If the device being protected doesn't have Safe Surfer installed, you can find out how to do so by clicking this link.

Click the Blocking menu on the left-hand sidebar.

Click the blue bubble list, then click the applicable device.

Scroll down to the Filtering section, where the YouTube category can be found.

Click the filtering bubble and select a filtering mode. If you're not sure what one to use, select Strict mode. Keep in mind that both the Moderate and Strict settings stop the device from viewing YouTube livestream videos.

Click the Save button at the upper-right corner. You might need to restart the device in question to make the changes immediately.

Step 2: Verify the changes

Next, we need to double-check that the restrictions have been applied successfully. There are a couple of ways to to this. If it doesn't work, try restarting the device and check again.

Method 1: Check the YouTube content restrictions settings

Click this link to open the YouTube content restrictions settings webpage. This page tells you what settings are applied to this device. In the screenshot below, this device has the Strict level applied.

Method 2: Check the YouTube app settings

Tap the YouTube app icon on the phone being protected.

Tap the profile icon at the upper-right corner.

Tap the Settings menu.

Tap the General menu.

Scroll down to the "Restricted mode" option—this should be greyed out.

Protection complete

Great work—the device being protected should now have YouTube filtering applied.

Updated on: 13/01/2024

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