How to set up YouTube restrictions via Securly?


YouTube restricted mode is a great way to limit students’ access to inappropriate content on YouTube. Setting up the YouTube restricted mode will give you greater flexibility with the administration of videos and channels. You can allow specific videos for specific groups of students to suit their educational requirements.   

You can check your current YouTube restrictions by clicking here before proceeding with the setup. 

Chrome Extension users

  1. Log in to the Securly Safety Console and navigate to the policy you want to edit YouTube settings for. 
  2. Click the YouTube tab and select the Settings tab in there. youtubesettingscrexten.jpg
  3. You can toggle the on/off switch for each of the fields to determine the restriction levels for that policy.
  4. You can also allow or block specific websites and channels and categories.

Note that these settings supersede the G Suite settings only if the user is NOT logged into YouTube. Chromebook users would automatically be logged into YouTube and hence G Suite settings would apply to them. 


DNS & Smartpac users

  1. Login to the Securly Safety Console.
  2. Navigate to any policy you want to set the YouTube restricted mode for. 
  3. Toggle the switch for 'Lock YouTube restricted mode' for network enforcement of YouTube Restricted mode.


Note that these settings are superseded by the YouTube App or user settings for the user when the user is logged into a school account.

By default, Google authentication does not affect YouTube authentication. This means, just because you are logged into Google does not necessarily mean you're logged into YouTube. If you would like to tie authentication for Google and YouTube together, please consider enabling the settings in G Suite.

For more about setting up YouTube restricted mode in YouTube and G Suite, check out the technical paper here


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