Controls & Settings guide

Learn how to set up and use safeguarding settings such as supervised experience for kids when they are on YouTube.

What do I need?

A YouTube account (Email & Password)

Restrictions you can apply

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Step by Step instructions


Get started with a supervised account

This is great for parents who want to allow their child to transition from YouTube Kids to supervised access to the main YouTube platform.

To create a supervised account: There are four different ways to access this. The following steps were completed from the YouTube app on a parent’s device:

Step 1 – Create and manage a Google Account for your child with Family Link. If you already manage a Google Account for your child with Family Link, skip to the next step.

Step 2 – Sign in to YouTube with the Google Account you use as a parent manager of your child’s account.
Step 3 – Go to your profile picture.
Step 4 – Select Settings then select Parent Settings.
Step 5 – Select your child and follow the next steps.


Change your settings with a supervised account

Step 1 – Sign in to YouTube and go to your profile picture.
Step 2 – Select Settings  then select Parent Settings.
Step 3 – Select your child’s account you’d like to edit.
Step 4 – Under YouTube Settings, select Edit next to “Content Settings”.
Step 5 – Choose a content setting for your child and choose Select to save.


Review child’s watch history with a supervised account

To review your child’s watch history in their supervised account:

Step 1 – On your child’s device, visit the My Activity page.
Step 2 – Select “YouTube History”.
Step 3- Select “Manage activity”.
Step 4 – Scroll to go to all past activity.