I assume that you don’t want to block YouTube entirely. You only want to block videos on YouTube that might be inappropriate for children. If that’s the case, read on.
Apparently, Google also noticed that some videos might not be appropriate for children, or might be objectionable to some adult viewers too. To filter out such videos, you need to turn on the YouTube Restricted Mode. This is how YouTube describes Restricted Mode:
Restricted Mode hides videos that may contain inappropriate content flagged by users and other signals. No filter is 100% accurate, but it should help you avoid most inappropriate content.
With the pcWRT parental control router, you can enforce YouTube Restricted Mode by simply selecting the restriction level you want. You can choose either “Moderate Restricted” or “Restricted”. And kids cannot bypass YouTube Restricted Mode by using incognito mode or clearing the browser cache.
To set time limits for YouTube, create a Calendar, enter the
youtube.com domain name, specify what time slots YouTube is available, then Save. In the example shown below, YouTube is available from 7:00pm to 8:00pm everyday. The settings cover both the desktop domain
www.youtube.com and mobile domain
If you are not using the pcWRT parental control router, you need to follow these steps to turn on and lock YouTube Restricted Mode in your browser:
What about the YouTube app on smart phones and tablets? As it turned out, you can turn on the Restricted Mode in the app too. Here’s how:
Alternatively, you can install the YouTube Kids app.
There are some caveats if you go the browser route: