YouTube offers great and not-so-great video options. Recently a reader asked me how to make YouTube videos safe for her kids. Because even if she was watching a safe video, the sidebar videos weren’t always appropriate and the comments were full of profanity. Boo.
You might wonder why we’d want to watch You Tube at all. Well, where else could I show my kids about flamenco dance? Or the history of LEGO? Or other favorites like . . .
So, parents, I’ve collected wisdom from you (thanks to Facebook and Twitter) to keep your kids safe on You Tube and answer the question – how to keep kids safe on YouTube. This doesn’t replace supervision or education about online safety but hopefully will help . . .
You Tube Alternatives
Zui Search: LEGO
I found LEGO club show but not any episodes of LEGO Ninjago or Star Wars.
Zui Search: Hippo and Dog
I found a few. Nothing in French yet. Here’s Hippo and Dog Singing “The Lion Sleeps Tonight“.
It’s not commercial free. McDonalds advertises. But that’s so much better than some of the commercials on You Tube!
Zui’s Top Video Picks for 8/27
So Complicated by Anna Graceman
Choreography with Jordan Jansen
Baby Just Wants a Million Bucks
12 Creative Skateboarding Tricks
2. Watch Known Learn – Free K-12 educational videos
Watch Know Learn search: LEGO
No LEGO animation but there are LEGO educational videos like how to build a LEGO robot.
Watch Know Learn search: Hippo and Dog
Yes! Hippo and Dog brushing their teeth! (Umm, you’re questioning my taste right about now aren’t you?)
Home Page Videos
Nations of the World: Yakko’s World
Magic Math for 7′s Multiplication
Electricity Song from School House Rock
Gettin’ Triggy Wit It (WSHS Math Rap Song)
Zoodles is a free add-on app for your computer, tablet, and phone. It can block ads and characters, promote subjects, record stories, and more. Thanks Sumner Hernandez for sharing this resource.
4. iPad Kid Videos: Gube and Weet Woo
Gube is an iPad app for $3.99 that provides kid-friendly videos. Thank you Niamh Ni Mhochoir for the suggestion.
Weet Woo is another iPad app for kids’ educational videos. Thank you to Naomi Scearce and Sarah Mason Wren for this.
1. YouTube Security Filter
Did you know there’s a safety filter? Me, neither. Rainell Hernandez gave me tip about the article explaining about the safety lock at the bottom of the page, thanks, Rainell! So far, it seems to be working, too.
Watch videos on YouTube, Viddler, and Vimeo without comments by installing Quietube. Once installed, you can click on the Quietube bookmark to watch “in peace.” However, when I clicked it, my screen went blank. Hmmm. Maybe skip this one.
3. YouTube for Schools
YouTube for Schools lets schools safely watch thousands of educational videos, says the website. Only school admins and teachers can log in, not students. And, all comments are disabled (good!) as well as related videos are only EDU videos (also good).