4 Ways to Block Porn on YouTube (Website & App Included)

2020-01-16 03:08:15 / Posted by Peter William to Utility Follow @ Peter

YouTube covers an unlimited of great videos, many of which are popular among kids, from cartoons, nursery rhymes, movies, to TV episodes. Aside from entertainment YouTube videos, it also has a heap of helpful videos for children's learning, such as science videos and educational videos.

However, there is still a thin line that separates inappropriate content like pornographic from the videos that are uploaded to YouTube. To prevent your kids from accessing porn and lewd videos, we have figured out various solutions to put YouTube parental controls and how to block porn on YouTube.

First, Create YouTube Accounts for Your Kids

  • YouTube may show up NSFW (not safe for work) videos, which contains inappropriate content like pornography, violent, and politically charged content. Although the videos were created for educational use, children might be too young to understand them properly. If kids sign in with their own accounts, these kinds of videos won’t be played on YouTube. Only users who listed age as over 18 years old can watch them.
  • Starting from 2019, YouTube creators must comply with COPPA and determine if the uploading YouTube video is "made for kids" or not. “Made for kids” means that the comments, live chats, notifications, donations, personalized advertising, etc. are no longer available. This feature can also block porn on YouTube to some extent.

Make sure to set the correct date of birth for children: https://aboutme.google.com/u/0/#name. Different countries/regions have different laws to define the underage age.

How to Block Adult Content on YouTube.com?

#1. Enable YouTube “Restricted Mode”

Restricted Mode is a basic YouTube parental control that filters out potentially porn content through video titles, descriptions, metadata, etc. It can also automatically hide comments including lewd comments below the video. But YouTube doesn't guarantee that Restricted Mode is 100% effective.

When There is No Login Account

  1. Go to YouTube.com
  2. Click the three dots in the upper left corner.
  3. Choose “Restricted Mode: Off” from the list of options.
  4. Toggle “ACTIVATE RESTRICTED MODE” to ON.turn on Restricted Mode 01

If Logged in…

  1. Click your account user icon.
  2. Click “Restricted Mode: Off” from the drop-down dialog.
  3. Switch on the YouTube restricted mode.turn on Restricted Mode 02

#2. Turn Off Autoplay

AutoPlay takes your children to some inappropriate places within a few steps, from a SpongeBob SquarePants video to masturbating Mickey Mouse. Therefore, turning off Autoplay is one of the important solutions to block porn on YouTube.

  1. Visit YouTube.com and find any video to play.
  2. Locate the blue Autoplay slider switch from the right-hand side and disable it.turn off autoplay

How to Block Porn on YouTube App on Mobile Phone?

#1. Block Adult Content on iPhone

  1. Launch the YouTube app on iPhone.
  2. Tap the profile picture in the upper right corner.
  3. Tap on “Settings” from the pop-up menu.
  4. Tap “Restricted Mode Filtering” options.block porn on youtube iphone 01
  5. Select “Strict”.block porn on youtube iphone 02
  6. Tap the close button to confirm your setting.

#2. Block Porn on Android

  1. Open the YouTube app on Android.
  2. Tap your account icon, and select "Settings"
  3. Tap "Account", which shows you the complete list.
  4. Turn the "Restricted Mode" slider button to on.
  5. Exit YouTube settings.block porn on youtube android

Note: The operation is slightly different between different versions of mobile phones and YouTube.

How to Block Porn on YouTube Kids App?

YouTube (YT) Kids is a YouTube app for kids from the ages of 2-12. It only shows only age-appropriate videos of TV shows, music, learning, and explore. It features a timer to limit (up to an hour) your kids to play on the app. In addition, you can block porn on YouTube Kids by blocking specific videos.

Youtube Kids can be downloaded from the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store. It doesn't support the desktop version now.

Get Started with YT Kids

  1. Run YouTube Kids app on your iPhone or Android.
  2. Choose the “I’M A PARENT” option.
  3. Select a content experience for your kids: Approve content yourself, Preschool (ages 4 & under), Younger (5-7 years old), and Older (8-12 years old).choose a content experience
  4. If you choose the first option, then you have to log in with a parent’s account. If not (choose the other three), click “SELECT” to continue.
  5. When basic settings are done, agree with the notice for parents.

#1. Turn off Search Function

Once the search feature is turned off, your children can only view the videos that are verified as age-appropriate by YouTube Kids team.

  1. Tap the lock button in the lower right corner.
  2. Submit a correct verification code.
  3. From the pop-up options, tap “Settings”.turn off search
  4. Swipe down and turn off search.

#2. Block Adult Content

YouTube Kids can’t 100% filter adult content. In this case, you can manually block porn on YouTube Kids.

  1. Find a porn video you wish to block and play it.
  2. Tap it to shrink the playing window.
  3. Tap the three vertical dots.
  4. You will see three options: OFF, Repot, and Block. Simply choose “Block”.block porn on youtube kids 01
  5. Select to block a single video or the entire YouTube channel on YouTube Kids.block porn on youtube kids 02

Additional Parental Control for YouTube Kids: Set a Timer:

  1. Tap the lock button.
  2. Enter the right passcode and submit it.
  3. Tap “Timer”.
  4. Set time limit from 1 minute to 60 minutes.
  5. Start timer. When time is up, YouTube Kids app will be locked automatically.set time limit

How to Block YouTube on Mac/Windows?

If you don't want your kids to access any porn videos on YouTube, you can block the whole YouTube website or the YouTube client apps like Minitube, Tubbler, and Tuba.

#1. Cisdem AppCrypt for Mac

Cisdem AppCrypt is an effective app that is designed for blocking certain websites and apps. Once you block YouTube client apps on Mac, your kids will be unable to watch videos on YouTube, let alone porn videos. It can also free up kids' time for study by eliminating distractions from YouTube. Besides blocking porn on YouTube, the software helps you block Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Google Chrome, Reddit, etc. as well.

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Steps to Block YouTube.com on Mac:

  1. Install and run Cisdem AppCrypt on Mac. For first-time users, you will need to set a password that is used to unlock the blocked items and change settings.set a password
  2. Click “WebBlock” in the control panel to open up the “Preferences” window.
  3. Under the WebBlock tab, click “+” to add youtube.com to the Blacklist.add domain names to block

Once the YouTube website is blocked, children won’t be able to get porn content on YouTube. If you need to disable WebBlock to unblock YouTube.com, click the lock icon in the status menu bar (upper right of the screen) and enter your password.

Steps to Lock YouTube Client Apps:

  1. On the main interface of Cisdem AppCrypt, click “Add App” to add YouTube client apps or YouTube Kids into the list.main interface
  2. (Optional) Optional Head over to “Menu” > “Preferences” > “Schedule” or “WebBlock” > “Schedule”. Add a certain period to unlock protected apps.create a schedule

Useful Feature for YouTube Parental Controls: Record Intruder

If your children type the wrong password to access YouTube.com and client apps, the system will capture snapshots of them by the front-facing camera, and generate records with details like app name, time, reason and captured photo.

keep track

#2. Cold Turkey for Windows

Cold Turkey is a sought-after website and app blocker around, working as a firewall to stop distracted and porn content. It comes packed with pre-configured to block YouTube websites. To completely block porn on YouTube, you can also add YouTube client apps to the block list.

  1. Install and fire up Cold Turkey on Windows.
  2. Click “Block List” in the navigation bar on the left. By default, it has a "Distractions” list which includes youtube.com. If you want to block specify porn video on YouTube, click the "EDIT" portion or create a new block list, and then add porn video: (youtube.com/watch?v=XXXXXXXXXXX).youtube block app windows 01
  3. Go to the “Applications” tab to add YouTube client apps to the list.
  4. Finally, switch to “Timer” to start a schedule. Select “BLOCK UNTIL” > “BREAKS” > turn the toggle to "ON".youtube block app windows 02

Conclusion

This post threw importance on blocking pornography on YouTube. For saving your children from the adverse effects of adult content on YouTube, we have explained the steps to set up YouTube parental controls and how to block porn on YouTube & YouTube Kids app. To block the whole YouTube on desktop, you can use a third-party blocker, such as Cisdem AppCrypt, and Cold Turkey (block specific domain).

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