GoGuardian Admin’s YouTube Filtering feature allows admins to control access to the second most popular website on the internet. Effective filtering can conserve network bandwidth and improve performance.
There are several approaches towards YouTube filtering depending on the school or district’s internal content policy.
The most restrictive approach is often used for younger users. Admins can enable restrictive mode within the YouTube filtering settings for the appropriate policy depending on the OU structure.
There are pros and cons for using restrictive mode for users.
- Users cannot watch unapproved videos
- Ultimately conserves the most bandwidth as users will not be using YouTube for entertainment purposes (many users listen to music videos on YouTube, wasting bandwidth)
- New, potentially unflagged inappropriate YouTube user content will be automatically blocked.
- More administrative work in needing to approve each video/channel
- Some educators may want students to access a Youtube video that was not pre-planned. Adding a YouTube video to the custom whitelist will take around 15 minutes to propagate to student devices.
An alternative to restrictive mode is to block individual categories that are generally lacking in educational relevance. Here are the most frequently blocked YouTube categories that are currently YouTube categories (YouTube changes the available YouTube upload categories from time to time):
- People & Blogs
- Autos & Vehicles
GoGuardian Admin’s YouTube filter is able to effectively block YouTube videos based on channels, individual videos, as well as categories as discussed above. Filtering operates under the assumption that these videos are not violating YouTube’s terms of service and are properly categorized, but this is not always the case.
To be proactive in cases where videos violating the YouTube TOS slip through the cracks, admins can also add keyword filtering to YouTube for particular words that may appear in a title of a video that would reliably be inappropriate. Words like sex, naked, porn, etc can be added as keywords to fill the gaps in potentially unsafe YouTube content. Admins can create an extensive list for user policies, but be careful as some videos may be blocked that may have some educational value. If a video is unintentionally blocked by keyword, users will be able to see why the video was blocked and relay that to the admin for any necessary policy updates.
For more on how to create a policy, click HERE
How to apply policies to your OUs once you’ve fined tuned them: How to: Apply a Policy to an OU
If you would like to create a different policy for when students aren’t in school, click HERE