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All You Need to Know About Qustodio's YouTube Monitoring Feature

By on 09-28-2020

From the YouTube website, to the YouTube app, YouTube Kids and YouTube Music, since its launch in 2005, YouTube has changed its format, added new services and features, and is still one the most loved apps out there. Sometimes having so many options can be overwhelming, especially if you are trying to encourage healthy time limits for your child’s screen activity and YouTube exposure.

Qustodio can help you with that, which is why we decided to put together some Frequently Asked Questions that parents like you sent us recently. 

The YouTube Monitoring section includes two sliders to configure the feature. How do they work?

The first slider allows you to block or permit access to the YouTube.com web page. This is the page you visit when using a browser like Chrome, Safari, Firefox or Microsoft Edge. 

Accessing YouTube via a web page is different from accessing the application: this is why you’ll see two different sliders if your child has a computer and a mobile device too.

Both sliders will be set to ON by default, which means children can access both the YouTube app and website.

If you want to block access to YouTube completely, you should move both sliders to the left so they appear in gray. If you want to allow access to YouTube, make sure you read our article What is YouTube Monitoring and what does it do?

YouTube Monitoring only works on my child’s computer, not on their Android tablet. Why is that?

YouTube Monitoring is only compatible with Android OS 6.0 and above. Make sure your child’s device has a compatible Android version. If the operating system is compatible, ensure your version of Qustodio is up to date: 

  1. Go to the Google PlayStore on your child's Android device.
  2. Search for Qustodio and click Update. 
  3. Open the three dots menu and select the option to "Enable auto-update"

Is there a way to monitor and see what songs my child listened to on YouTube Music?

YouTube Monitoring is only compatible with the YouTube App and Youtube.com website, where you can see any videos watched. For the YouTube music app or YouTube Kids, you can set time limits or block access from your Family Portal - Rules - Games&Apps.

I want to check the video my child watched. How can I do that?

All searches made and videos watched appear on your child’s timeline like any other event. You can quickly see them by checking the YouTube card on your child’s Summary tab. Click “See all” for the full list of videos watched. Depending on whether your child used the app or the website, you will either see a thumbnail image of the video or just the title. Simply click to watch the video on YouTube.

Since YouTube does not have an app for computers, is there a way that I can limit the amount of time my kid spends browsing YouTube websites? 

As with any other website, you can either allow or block YouTube.com but as yet it’s not possible to set a time limit for a webpage.

We have learned that YouTube has different ways users can experience its contents and so Qustodio has to be configured accordingly to the devices your child has and the use they make of them.

If you have more questions or are experiencing issues, click here to contact our Customer Support Team.

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