Have you ever innocently let your child watch a funny animal video on YouTube only to be appalled by the advertisements or suggested videos at the end? Have you ever watched a video and noticed the derogatory comments just inches below where your young reader’s eyes are focused?
June is Internet Safety Month. As if we don’t have enough to worry about as parents, the internet comes with all sorts of dangers for our kids. Yet it is increasingly used in homes and classrooms. One of the most unfortunate possibilities of the internet is the loss of innocence through an accidental breach of protection that could have been easily prevented.
I recently took a YouTube Learning workshop to count towards hours for my teaching license renewal. I thought I was pretty YouTube-savvy until I took this course, that is! One of the main concerns that kept running through my head while I was researching all of the great educational YouTube channels was how to protect innocent eyes…whether it is at home or in a classroom full of students. Finally, towards the end of the workshop, our instructor shared the following website…
How to Watch YouTube Videos Safely with Kids:
– Find a video you are searching for on YouTube.
– Copy the URL.
– Go to ViewPure.com and paste the URL.
– Watch the video without ads, comments, or suggested videos!
It’s as easy as that! You can compile a list of secure videos for your kids to watch without having to worry about inappropriate ads, suggested videos, or comments!
You still must be vigilant, however, that the content of the videos themselves is appropriate. This website does not filter the video content, just all of the extras that could pose a threat to the innocent eyes of your child!