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

Peter William
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This article talks about how to block porn on YouTube easily.

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.

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 with 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.

Available for computers, Android devices and iOS devices, it can be applied to both the YouTube website and app.

On youtube.com website

  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

Here's how to do the enabling if you are logged in. Click your account user icon. Click Restricted Mode: Off from the drop-down dialog. Switch on the YouTube restricted mode.

turn on Restricted Mode 02


On YouTube app for iPhone & iPad

  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.

On YouTube app for 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 by turning off Autoplay

YouTube's Autoplay feature helps users decide what content to watch next. However, sometimes it may take your children to some inappropriate places within a few steps, e.g. from a SpongeBob SquarePants video to masturbating Mickey Mouse.

The feature is turned on by default. You can turn it off to help block porn videos on YouTube.

  1. On your browser, go to YouTube. Find any video to play.
  2. Locate the blue Autoplay slider switch from the right-hand side and disable it.turn off autoplay

The process is similar on the app.

 

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.

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.

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 specific inappropriate YouTube channels/videos on Mac & Windows

It’s also possible to make certain inappropriate content inaccessible on YouTube.

Use Cisdem AppCrypt for Mac

Cisdem AppCrypt, the best website blocker and app locker for macOS, can:

  • block access to specific YouTube channels and videos with password.
  • block access to the entire YouTube website.
  • lock the YouTube client installed on your computer.

It also offers other useful features and can be used for various situations and purposes.

Free Download

  1. Download Cisdem AppCrypt and install it.
  2. First-time users will need to set a password, which is used to unlock the blocked items, change settings, etc.set a password
  3. Click its icon in the menu bar and select Open Main Window.Open Main Window
  4. Click the WebBlock icon.WebBlock icon
  5. Click the + icon, enter the URL of a YouTube channel or a video that you think contains porn or other inappropriate content, and hit Return.enter URL
  6. Add more content to block if you want to by repeating the previous step.

In Step 5, if you enter youtube.com, the entire website will be blocked. It also helps you block Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Google Chrome, Reddit, etc. as well.

If you try to open a blocked YouTube channel or video, the webpage won't open. And you will see this image.

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To unblock, select the URL and click the - icon.

As you may have noticed, AppCrypt offers two WebBlock modes: Blocklist (default) and Allowlist. With the latter mode, you can block all YouTube content and other websites except the YouTube videos/channels added to the Allowlist.


Use 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

Tip: Don’t let your kids use your YouTube account

This can be important in helping block porn on YouTube. Some explicit or inappropriate YouTube videos don't violate YouTube policies. YouTube doesn't remove them. Instead, YouTube applies an age-restriction on them. The fact is that age-restricted content is not available to a user with an under-18 account or who is logged out. If you let your kids use your YouTube account, you actually give them easy access to age-restriction videos on YouTube. It's a big don't.

 

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 specific inappropriate YouTube content on desktop, you can use a third-party YouTube porn blocker, such as Cisdem AppCrypt, and Cold Turkey (block specific domain).

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