Safe Vision is a mobile app that helps parents filter YouTube videos for their children.
When my daughter was 7, she watched some scary videos on YouTube unsupervised. That was a traumatic experience for her: for a while, she was afraid of the dark, could not sleep alone, and would not stay alone in her room. Also, I noticed that my son watched a lot of gaming videos with strong language in them. That’s when I decided to do something about it.
Initially, I wanted the app to do all the filtering according to the child’s age. But I quickly discovered that parents have a wide range of opinions about what’s appropriate for their children. Today the main feature of the app is “unlocking” channels and videos in the parent mode.
I strongly believe that we as parents are responsible for what goes into the minds of our children. It’s like food: left to their own devices, children would eat a lot of junk food and candy. However, we as the parents are responsible for providing healthy choices.
This is true when the children are very young and lack a moral compass to tell them what’s good and what’s not.
I think James Bridle gave the best advice for parents about YouTube:
If you have small children, keep them the hell away from YouTube.
However, if you still want to let your child watch YouTube, please use some kind of parental control tool.