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A Safer YouTube Experience

February 11, 2010, 6:03 PM by Jon Wilson

A Safer YouTube Experience
One of the most popular Web sites in the world is giving parents more control of what their children are watching online.

With more than 20 hours of new video uploaded every second on YouTube.com, there are bound to be some videos that may not be appropriate for some of the younger visitors. Now you can keep some of that questionable material off of your computer.

The site recently launched a new safety feature called "Safety Mode" that helps filter out questionable material. Videos containing mature or objectionable content are not listed in search results or related video areas when this feature is enabled.

Enable Safety Mode

To enable Safety Mode just scroll-down to the bottom of any YouTube video page and click on the link labeled "Safety Mode." Then select "on" and click "save" to activate the feature.

In Safety Mode, searching for the word "naked," for example, prevents any videos associated with the word from appearing on the screen.

Using this feature, objectionable videos will be blocked even when accessed through direct links in e-mails.

YouTube's Safety Mode is activated based on the browser. So if you use multiple Web browsers, you'll have to enable Safety Mode on all of them. Likewise, if your children use a separate login to use your computer, Safety Mode will have to be enabled through each user's account.

Locking Safety Mode

Since disabling Safety Mode is also just a click away, parents can lock this feature through a personal YouTube account. Click the same link at the bottom of the page, but choose the "sign in" option an follow the instructions to register for a new account.

Now, Safety Mode can only be disabled using your username and password. But remember, this only affects the Web browser you use to enable the feature. If you use other Web browsers or multiple computers, this feature would need to be activated again on those browsers and computers.

YouTube can be a bit shocking at times, but it can also be entertaining, educational and fun. Now, it's just a little bit safer for all of us.

[Learn more and watch a demo on Safety Mode on the YouTube blog]

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