Mommy Matters: Parental controls for YouTube, iPad and more

The internet can be a great place for children to learn and play games. However, many parents worry about their children discovering content that is not “kid-friendly.”

How to set “Safety Mode” on YouTube:

If you want to filter what your children can find on YouTube, you can enable “Safety Mode.” To do this, scroll to the bottom of any page on YouTube and go “Safety” and click “On.” This will block content that has been determined to not fit community standards. Some searches may return zero results and other searches will return filtered results. All comments are hidden by default. The safety mode filter also applies to related videos.

Other options for parental controls include:

KidZui – a kid friendly web browser that only allows certain websites to be accessed. Also provides filter on YouTube and other website. Click to download.

K9 Web Protection – a free Internet filter and parental control software for your home Windows or Mac computer. K9 puts YOU in control of the Internet so you can protect your kids. Click to download.

Safe Eyes – Safe Eyes is Mac, PC, and iOS compatible software that protects your family from harmful content and other dangers on the internet. Click to download.

iPad – you can enable restrictions by going to Settings->General->Enable Restrictions. This will allow you to remove access to certain apps, YouTube, Safari, etc.

Computer settings – You can set parental controls on your PC. Here’s a how-to guide.

Other links: More kid-friendly browsers, Parental Control Bar (only works in Internet Explorer and Safari)

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