How to secure the YouTube App.

 

       

 

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YouTube is owned and operated by Google, and to protect YouTube with SafeMode, and Google with SafeSearch we use methods provided by Google, specifically SafeSearchVIP.

Unfortunately the YouTube app, developed and deployed by Google, does not honor any of their SafeSearch methods. Per Google - YouTube Safety mode is currently not available on the Android and Apple IOS apps. 

This means that the mobile version of the YouTube app does not offer a SafeSearch mode, however; if you access youtube.com via a standard Web browser like Chrome or Safari, on that same mobile device, SafeSearch mode will be ON. 

In summary, to fully secure YouTube on your Android, Apple or Windows device you will need to redirect the user of the device away from using the YouTube App to access youtube.com, and towards a browser like Chrome or Safari. 

NOTE: YouTube does not host pornographic videos even with SafeMode OFF. Please see their community guidelines which state that YouTube is not for pornography or sexually explicit content, and their policy on posting content (what's allowed and what isn't).

​How to secure the YouTube App (and in doing so all apps):

  1. Require a password for purchases - in order to download anything from the App store an iTunes account password is needed.
  2. Don't allow apps - this will remove the ability to download anything from the App store, but not the browsing of apps.
  3. Age restrict apps - this will prevent the installation / browsing of apps by the app's content rating.
  • How to secure YouTube app on the XBOX One:

    • Coming soon
  • How to secure the YouTube app on the XBOX 360:

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  • How to secure the YouTube app on the PS3: 

    • Coming soon
  • How to secure the YouTube app on Kindle

 

 

Updated: 3/31/15


 

 

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Android O/S

​Android offers the best app lock solutions in our opinion. Currently we like AppLock Cloud which offers app locking with time schedules and usage reporting.

  1. Install AppLock Cloud from Google Play Store
  2. Install the YouTube app
  3. The first screen talks about a subscription to manage multiple devices. Choose NO THANKS to start, but if you like the tool and have multiple devices it's not a bad option, but it's not needed i.e. you can use this app indefinitely without a subscription.
  4. Enter an unlock PIN
  5. Tap First Childs Profile
  6. Scroll down until you see the YouTube app > tap the YouTube app
  7. We are now at the 'Choose rule for' screen
    • Tap Locked
    • That's it - tap the back arrow top left of screen to exit 2x
  8. Test > tap the YouTube app and you will be asked for an unlock code

Optionally, if you have multiple Android devices you can manage them all using AppLock Cloud from their website (subscription required). They also offer GPS tracking and chat monitoring from the same app/login.

 

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Kindle

No action needed - YouTube is secure in the browser and app. However it's not a bad idea to put a passcode on Amazon Store purchases / downloads:

  1. Go to Settings > Parental Controls
  2. Turn Parental Controls ON > enter a passcode
  3. Scroll down to Password Protect Purchases > turn ON

This setting will require a passcode to download anything from the Amazon App Store.

 

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Supported mobile browsers:

  • Safari
  • Chrome
  • FireFox
  • Internet Explorer

Unsupported Browsers which are blocked by default because they use HTTPS/SSL encryption and offer no SafeSearch enforcement method:

  • Opera
  • Puffin
  • Dolphin

 

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Age restrict apps

  1. Go to Settings > General > Restrictions
  2. Tap Enable Restrictions
  3. Choose a restrictions passcode that you'll remember and confirm your passcode. Make sure to choose a passcode that's different from the passcode you use to unlock your device.
  4. Scroll down to Allowed Content and tap Apps
  5. Make your age selection.

This setting will prevent access to any app rated higher than the age your choose.

NOTE: The YouTube app is rated 12+

 

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Require a password for purchases

This applies to free apps also.

  1. Go to Settings > General > Restrictions
  2. Tap Enable Restrictions
  3. Choose a restrictions passcode that you'll remember and confirm your passcode. Make sure to choose a passcode that's different from the passcode you use to unlock your device.
  4. Scroll down to Allowed Content and tap Require Password, then choose an option:
    • Immediately: If you choose this option, you'll have to enter your Apple ID password each time you make a purchase or download a free item.
    • 15 minutes: If you choose this option, you'll enter your Apple ID password once, and you won't have to enter it again for any other purchases (except in-app purchases) you make in the next 15 minutes.

 

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Don't Allow Apps

  1. Go to Settings > General > Restrictions
  2. Tap Enable Restrictions
  3. Choose a restrictions passcode that you'll remember and confirm your passcode. Make sure to choose a passcode that's different from the passcode you use to unlock your device.
  4. Scroll down to Allowed Content
    •  Apps
      • Don't Allow Apps

This setting prevents the installation of apps only, not the browsing of apps. It does this by removing the +GET app install option leaving only the option to send a link to the app.

Before the Don't Allow Apps restriction is enabled the +GET install option is available:

 

 

After Don't Allow Apps is enabled (no more +GET):

 

When the box with arrow is selected a couple of communication options appear:

 

Making it easy to IM or e-mail a link to the app for content review:

 

Dad will receive an e-mail with a link to Final Fantasy Record Keeper in the iTunes App Store, and from here it can be purchased, downloaded and then synced to the IOS device.

 

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