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YouTube Kids

Controls & Settings guide

The YouTube Kids app offers controls to restrict search and content, set time limits and manage watch history to help promote internet safety. You can also set a passcode to ensure only you can change settings in the app.

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What do I need?

A Google account (Email & Password)

Restrictions you can apply

icon Browser Access
icon Inappropriate content
icon Media streaming
icon Parental control
icon Screen time
icon Search enginges

Step by Step instructions

These steps were recreated on the YouTube Kids site on a personal computer, but the following features are available on a variety of devices in similar format.

How to set up access to YouTube Kids
Create a new profile
How to set up a passcode
How to manage screen time
Other account settings

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How to set up access to YouTube Kids

YouTube Kids offer children under 13 a safer online experience. It protects them from content inappropriate for their development.

To set up access to YouTube Kids:

Step 1 – Download and launch the app onto your device. Click I’M A PARENT.

Step 2 – Follow the prompts to set up your child’s account. These include verifying your age, signing in with your Google account and selecting or creating your child’s profile.

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Create a new profile

When you set up the YouTube Kids app, you’ll be brought to the profile page. You can set individual permissions for each account.

To create a new profile

Step 1 – From the profile screen, select the + symbol to create a new profile.

Step 2 – Sign into your Google Account by entering your password.

Step 3 – Fill in the relevant information and customise their avatar. You may want them to choose their own avatar to help them better recognise their account. Select the > button.

Step 4 – Select the recommended content settings for your child’s age. This will make sure they see content appropriate for their age. Tap the > button to complete the profile.

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How to set up a passcode

Once you’ve created a YouTube Kids profile, you can set additional limits in their account. You should do this before they use the profile.

To set up limits:

Step 1 – From the profile screen, select the profile you want to update. On the home page, select the lock in the lower right corner.

Step 2 – Answer the maths question to gain access, then tap SUBMIT. Enter a 4 digit passcode that you will use whenever you want to update settings.

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How to manage screen time

Setting a timer on YouTube Kids will help you and your child manage how much time they spend watching content.

To set up a timer:

Step 1 – From the profile screen, select the profile you want to update. On the home page, select the lock in the lower right corner.

Step 2 – Enter your passcode then select the Timer icon.

Step 3 – Set a time in minutes and then click Start timer. Exit the settings and give the device to your child to start watching.

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Other account settings

On the YouTube Kids app, you can also turn off search, update age settings, clear history to remove similar suggestions and more.

To use other parent settings:

Step 1 – From any profile’s home screen, select the lock in the bottom right corner.

Step 2 – Tap Settings. Here, you can access the parent’s account, general app settings and each child’s profile.

Step 3 – To update settings for a child, select the relevant profile. Enter your password to edit their settings.

Step 4 – Choose the relevant setting you wish to edit and follow any prompts. Tap the back arrow in the top left corner to return to previous screens.

Note: these settings can also be accessed through your Google Family Link account. Simply select your child then Controls > Content restrictions > YouTube and go to YouTube Kids settings.

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