Tips to make YouTube safer for kids

Theresa M. Payton, National Cyber Security Expert, sharers tips for parents on what they can do to make YouTube safer for their children
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Tips to make YouTube safer for kids

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I don't think that there is a kid over the age of two that doesn't know YouTube exists. Parents will say to me all the time, "I came in the other day. The kids were on YouTube and I was appalled at the video they were watching. Help! What can I do about this?" There is actually some really fun things that you can do. Obviously, you can look at the privacy and security settings. There are actual parental controls within YouTube that you can set up. A lot of people don't realize, you can create your own family channel that's age appropriate for the kids. Say to them, "Look, when you go to YouTube, I don't want you searching for things, I want you to go to our family channel." At that family channel, upload your favorite videos and channels that you get to pre-screen on YouTube. Just tell your kids, if there is something you want to look at and it's not on the family channel, let me know, and I will find it for you. It's a great way to trust, give your kids some freedom, but at the same time shield them from some of the things you may not want them to see.

Theresa M. Payton, National Cyber Security Expert, sharers tips for parents on what they can do to make YouTube safer for their children

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Theresa M. Payton

National Cyber Security Expert

Theresa Payton is a well-known and highly respected national authority on cybersecurity, e-crime and fraud mitigation, and technology implementation. She has over twenty years of advanced business and security technology expertise and leadership at the highest levels of government and in the financial services industry, including being the first woman to serve as Chief Information Officer at the White House.  She is a wife and mother to three fabulous and fun kids.  She is also the co-author of the newly released book Protecting Your Internet Identity: Are You Naked Online? and the founder of the S.A.F.E. Kids initiative - a classroom-based, digital safety program.

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