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Zoe E Breen Zoe E Breen | 17:00 UK time, Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Answered by our panel of experts:

There is a safety mode on YouTube that enables the user to choose not to see ‘mature’ comments and content that may be offensive. The Safety tab is located at the bottom of the YouTube page. It is possible to lock it, but be aware that the lock applies to the browser you are using, such as Internet Explorer or Google Chrome, and you would need to set it for all the browsers available on your computer.

If inappropriate content does come through, then flag it as inappropriate and this will report it to the site owners. The browsers available on mobile phones do not have the safety mode feature but if you have installed parental controls on the mobile you may find that you can block access to YouTube that way. Google, who own YouTube, have family safety advice available on their website.

It’s worth mentioning that it is good practice to ensure that all users have their own login to the family computer as this will mean that the restrictions only apply to the users that need them.

If you are a parent and are worried about your teen or child over-sharing online visit the Share Take Care: Ask an expert page to read the advice our panel of experts gave other parents.

Visit the Share Take Care website for more information on help and support for parents.

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