5 Tips for Safe Family Video Viewing

The world of online video can be overwhelming for kids—and a bit tricky for parents to navigate. Children search the web for homework help, silly animal videos, and fun games, but they can stumble upon websites and videos you’d rather they not see. Help your kids stay safe online with some simple video tips from Nat Geo Family.

 

FIND TRUSTED VIDEO CREATORS

Videos of science experiments or weird animals from well-known kids’ brands like Nat Geo Kids, PBS Kids, and SciShow Kids are fun and safe places on YouTube. But discovering new channels is more of a challenge. Searching for videos with YouTube’s “restricted mode” turned on can screen out potentially unsavory results and introduce your family to cool new channels.


SUBSCRIBE TO SAFE CHANNELS

Once you find kid-friendly creators on YouTube, be sure to hit “Subscribe.” By following a trusted channel, your children can easily navigate through pre-approved videos, and you’ll get email alerts when new ones are added.

TURN OFF AUTOPLAY

Need some uninterrupted time to throw together dinner? We get it! And though the endless stream of YouTube videos might seem safe, they’re often chosen by a computer program—and could be inappropriate for children. Fix the problem by turning off “Autoplay” and watching longer-running videos. Younger kids will laugh out loud at Iggy Arbuckle; direct older children to full-length episodes of Awesome Animals.

CUT THE COMMENTS

Commenting out loud while watching interactive videos such as Brain Games can be fun. Reading and leaving comments on YouTube videos, not so much—especially if you’re a kid. Video commenting areas can expose children to bullying and other unwanted interactions, but using “Restricted Mode” on YouTube can help with that. Kids won’t be able to leave comments, and they won’t see posted comments from others. (Note: Nat Geo Kids YouTube Channel reviews and approves all comments.)

MAKE YOUR OWN PLAYLISTS

Chances are your kids have a few—or more than a few—YouTube videos they watch over and over. Create personalized playlists with these videos so you can easily find approved favorites. Start by browsing the Amazing Animals videos on YouTube and adding family faves to your own playlist.