Youtube Restricted Mode: Managing Access

Given all the feedback to Google from schools, an important change has been made to Youtube Restricted Mode. Join Tom as he walks us through various Youtube settings and how this latest update could change your view on using this in your schools.

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We're going to take a look at some changes recently to YouTube restricted mode. First, we're going to do a quick overview or review of how YouTube restricted mode is set, and then we'll take a look at some of the recent changes to how it operates.

We're going to go over to Chrome User and browser settings. User and browser settings does give you a way to enforce YouTube restricted mode. This is independent, has no effect on the actual signing in of YouTube, uploading videos, etc. That has to do with the YouTube additional service we're going to look at in a minute. Basically, this would ensure that anyone who has signed into the Chrome browser on Windows or Mac or is signed into a Chromebook will have a moderate or strict view of YouTube. Their search results for this particular OU of students, let's say, is going to be filtered in those two different modes. So this can be set and if they're signing into Chrome that will be enforced but has no bearing really on uploading channels otherwise that all has to do with the additional service.

So let's go over and take a look at that additional service and as we get to that on the last page, here we're going to open that up for YouTube. First off there is a setup here under the Content settings card. This setup has just a checkbox in it but basically, this says that the restricted mode settings that we're going to set down below this would apply to the users who are signing into YouTube properly using their Google Workspace accounts. So given the fact that we give them the YouTube additional service via enabling the service on their particular OU or perhaps an access group, we're now saying that we want the restricted mode settings to apply to them, and then obviously the approved videos the allowlisted videos that teachers may be doing would also apply to them as well. So don't forget this checkbox, it is a global checkbox. This is not set on a per OU basis. So you're basically saying anyone I give this YouTube additional service to would potentially be captured by the restricted mode setting we're going to set down below and then be set to just the approved videos list as well.

So we would make sure that's set we're going to close up the Content settings card we're going to go down here to the Permissions card. This similar to the Chrome User settings area is where we would define strict or perhaps moderate restricted mode for a particular student OU of your choosing. By default, this has always blocked them from posting comments on videos of course then they get the teacher-approved videos and the approved list. What's changed recently is they finally heard the feedback from schools; this will also block those students from uploading videos that was always the catch 22.

You needed to give this YouTube additional service to students if you wanted teachers to approve videos and for students to be able to utilize that approved videos list, but they could then upload which was always a problem. Now they have properly blocked the uploading of videos. It's going to allow students once they've signed into YouTube to create a channel that seems to be step one that's kind of unavoidable. But at that point, once they try to initiate an upload of a video it's going to fail and not be allowed. So they can't post comments, they now cannot upload videos as well so that gives them this managed YouTube experience with the teacher-approved videos without any of those drawbacks; privacy citizenship-wise/security-wise of students being able to upload and comment on videos. So that's the change. Hope that is great information for you. That definitely makes this a more palatable choice and decision versus maybe even going to a third-party solution now that google has that built-in.


Alright, we'll catch you on the next one. Thanks, everyone!


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About the Author

Tom Woods, Google for Education Training Lead
Tom Woods is a Google Cloud Certified Administrator, Certified Deployment Specialist, and Amplified Admin with over 24 years in IT and 17 years in K-12 education. Tom brings unique insights into the planning, implementation, and support of Google for Education in the K-12 space. His experience includes 14 years in a large Ontario K-12 district where Google Workspace and Google for Education was introduced in 2009 and has since grown into one of the largest installations in the province by Tom and his team. Joining CDW Amplified for Education 4 years ago, he now assists schools across North America and leads our Consultancy team of experts.

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