What are YouTube’s age restrictions?

YouTube has a set of age restrictions in place to help protect users under the age of 18 from viewing content that may be inappropriate for them. These restrictions apply to both videos and live streams.

  • Age-restricted videos: These videos are not viewable to users who are under 18 years of age or signed out. They are also not viewable on most third-party websites. Viewers who click an age-restricted video on another website, such as an embedded player, will be redirected to YouTube or YouTube Music. Once there, they can only view the content when signed in and over 18.
  • Restricted Mode: This is an optional setting that can help screen out potentially mature content that you or others using your devices may prefer not to view. When Restricted Mode is turned on, videos that are age-restricted, as well as videos that have been flagged by other users as inappropriate, will be hidden from your search results and suggested videos. Restricted Mode is not the same as age-restricting videos.

YouTube uses a combination of human and machine learning to identify content that may be age-restricted. This includes content that contains violence, explicit language, nudity, or sexual content. If you believe that a video has been incorrectly age-restricted, you can appeal the decision.

Here are some tips for parents and guardians who want to help their children use YouTube safely:

  • Talk to your children about YouTube and the different types of content that are available.
  • Set up parental controls on your child’s devices.
  • Use Restricted Mode.
  • Monitor your child’s YouTube usage.

If you have any concerns about your child’s YouTube usage, you can contact YouTube’s help center.

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