YouTube: parent factsheet

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Share this factsheet with parents to help them keep their child safe when using YouTube. It explains the potential risks, and what parents can do about them.

You can share this factsheet however you think is best - whether that's by email, printing copies to hand out, or putting it on your school website. We just ask that you keep our logo on it, so it's clear that it was produced by Safeguarding Training Centre from The Key.

If you're sharing this factsheet with parents by email or newsletter, use the following text to introduce it:

"Your child can get a lot out of YouTube, but there are some risks too, like contact from strangers or seeing unsuitable videos. Follow the steps in this factsheet to help keep your child safe."

August 2021:


  • Updated this factsheet to reflect YouTube changing its settings so autoplay will be turned off by default for users aged 13 to 17
  • Checked and updated some of the instructions for using settings on YouTube
  • Added that there's a risk of seeing content shared by extremists