Hanover Hints You Should Know About YouTube

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Things You
Should Know
About YouTube
YouTube is meant for people
13 years old and up
What is YouTube?
YouTube (www.youtube.com) is a free website where anyone can
view video content, upload (share) their own video content, or
both. According to YouTube’s statistics, over 3 billion hours of
video footage are watched each month on YouTube, and about 1
hour of video content is uploaded to YouTube every second. Like
the Internet in general, YouTube can be an excellent source of
entertainment, exploration, and even educational information, but
parents and kids should be aware of the limits, benefits, and even
hazards YouTube has to offer.
Children under the age of 13 cannot
create their own YouTube account!
Those who do so and are identified by
YouTube can face consequences from
both YouTube and their parent
company, Google.
YouTube is a communitypatrolled site, and you are a
part of that community!
While there are professionals whose job
is solely reviewing video content, there is
no possible way that all video footage
can be reviewed by YouTube
professionals—therefore, your presence
counts as far as flagging inappropriate
content!
In this Issue:
Things You Should
Know About
YouTube:
Advice for Parents
Regarding Kids
Watching Content:
If Your Kids are
Watching and
Uploading Content:
Some basic facts to
cover and consider
before digging into the
world of YouTube
Basic advice for
parents regarding their
kids viewing YouTube
videos
Some guidelines to
consider for kids who
upload, in addition to
view, videos
YouTube can be fun, but it can
also be unsafe
Like cyberspace in general, anonymity
on YouTube can result in some negative
side effects such as bullying, threats, and
exposure to inappropriate content.
HANOVER HINTS
ISSUE 6: FEBRUARY
If your kids are watching and
uploading (sharing/posting)
content…
Advice for parents regarding
kids watching content…
Familiarize yourself with YouTube
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Go to YouTube and browse around. It will help for
you to be familiar with navigation and content when
discussing YouTube safety with your family.
1. Set rules
There are certain key points to stress with your kids
regarding content they cannot include in their videos
for safety reasons in order to protect their identity.
Content that is never Ok to post includes:
Turn on Safety Mode
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As long as you have a YouTube account and are
logged in, you can turn on “Safety Mode.” Safety
mode replaces inappropriate text with asterisks (*)
and filters out video content labeled with certain key
words, such as “nudity.” Once safety mode is turned
on, it can be locked so that only the person with the
password to the account can turn it off. Safety Mode
certainly isn’t perfect, but it’s better than no filter at
all.
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2. Watch every video they post
If you make a decision to allow your kids to
post/upload videos, make it very clear to them that
you need to watch their videos before they are posted.
While this can seem annoying to kids, make sure to
remind them YouTube is a worldwide site where
practically anyone can see their videos, and you need
to make sure they are being safe, both for the good of
your child and for the safety of their entire family.
Talk with your kids about YouTube
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Ask them if they’ve been to the site, have an account,
viewed videos, or uploaded videos. Chat about videos
they like and what kinds of videos they search for.
This opens a dialog to talk about the benefits and
drawbacks of YouTube, in addition to safety.
Drive home the fact that YouTube is a self-policed
site and that everyone—including your kids—has a
responsibility to keep it safe and fun. This sense of
responsibility can really empower your kids to feel
comfortable reporting inappropriate content, whether
to you or to YouTube.
Inappropriate content should be “flagged” (by your
child or you if your child does not want to do it) so
that it can be brought to the attention of YouTube for
further investigation, review, and possible removal.
3. Have your kids mark their videos as
“private”
By marking videos as private, only friends have
access to them for viewing and commenting. Without
this step, anyone can watch and comment on videos,
and comments can be both cruel and inappropriate.
4. Have kids block anyone who is a negative
influence/presence
Be prepared to talk about whatever comes up
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By blocking certain users, that person can no longer
access your child’s videos or post any comments.
It’s an almost inevitable fact that your kids will come
across some sort of content that makes them
uncomfortable, is inappropriate, or sparks some
questions. As a parent, you should be prepared to
honestly discuss this content with your kids. Some
topics to prepare for include inappropriate language,
violence, sexual content, bullying/harassment, and
drugs.
Helpful Resources
YouTube has many helpful videos and directions
regarding safety mode, general safety for kids
and teens, blocking users, and how to flag
inappropriate content. For more info, go to:
Try not to ban kids from YouTube altogether
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A child’s, friend’s or family member’s full name
Footage of the outside of their house
Street name/address/house number
License plates
The location of peoples’ bedrooms
School names/locations
This often results in viewing/posting content without
your knowledge, and therefore, makes you, as a
parent, less informed. It’s important that your kids
feel that they can talk to you if they come across
footage that is upsetting, bothersome, or questionable.
Make sure your kids know that anything that bothers
them can—and should—be reported, whether to you
or to YouTube.
www.google.com/support/youtube
You can also check out:
surfnetkids.com/go/safety/category/youtube
commonsensemedia.org/advice-for-parents/youtube-and-your-kids
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