youtubeTips for playing and staying safe on YouTube

From uploading your videos, to personalising your playlists, to finding something new and cool to share with your friends.

There’s always something happening on YouTube. While you’re having fun, keep these tips in mind:

Safety Mode on YouTube

Safety Mode on YouTube is an opt-in setting that helps screen out potentially objectionable content that you may prefer not to see or don’t want others in your family to stumble across while enjoying YouTube. To switch it on, click on ‘Safety Mode’ at the bottom of the page.

Don’t give too much away

Even though your YouTube Profile lets you share your name, age, town and school, you need to think carefully about the information you disclose if you don’t want everyone to be able to identify you.

Use your privacy settings

The default setting allows anyone with your e-mail address to locate your videos. To disable the setting click the ‘Edit Channel’ button in your account settings.

Post for friends only

If you want to make your uploaded videos only visible to your friends go to ‘My Videos’, click ‘Edit’, and switch to ‘Private’.

Do the Grandma Test

If you are uploading a video that you wouldn’t want your grandmother to see, think twice before you post it.

If you see It, flag It!

Flagging isn’t dobbing. If you see a video that breaks the Community Guidelines, let us know. Other people won’t be able to see that you’ve flagged the video. Just sign in, click on the ‘Flag’ button beneath the video and select the reason from the drop down menu.

That’s me in that video

If you come across a video that violates your privacy, contact the person who posted it. If they don’t remove it, report it to us.

What you do online matters

Being a bully makes you seem weak and invites others to bully you. Plus, you may get banned from YouTube, and that’s no fun.

Permission slip-ups

Posting someone else’s personal information without permission could get you kicked off the site, so make sure you always check first.

Respect yourself

Remove insulting comments from your videos and use the ‘Help and Safety Tool’ to block users who harass you.

Visit and click on the Safety link on the bottom of the page for more information about playing and staying safe on YouTube.

Goolge has provided this advice for keeping yourself safe when using their services. This content is adapted from “Staying Safe Online” which is available to download here.