Ideally, children under the age of 13 should be directed to using the YouTube Kids app.
Parents and carers can support their children who are using YouTube by suggesting they subscribe to their favourite channels rather than hunting around the platform with no purpose.
As with all internet use, open discussions with your child are the best way forward. Ask your child what they like to watch on YouTube and maybe spend some time watching those things together. By watching a few videos by the same creator, you can get a feel for the content.
In terms of YouTube parental controls, parents and carers can see what their child has been viewing on YouTube by checking their Watch History on their account. Even if children have deleted their Watch History, recommended videos for future viewing will still be based on content they have recently viewed.
If you decide to create a YouTube account and channel for your child, it’s really important that you don’t use their real or full name, as this will be visible to anyone watching the videos. Choose a ‘Private’ account and ‘turn off’ comments so your child won’t be able to view anything unkind or inappropriate. Finally, make sure you view everything your child uploads to their channel.