How to Block YouTube Channels

There can be several reasons as to why you may want to block a YouTube channel. For some, it makes for a more pleasant user experience. For others, it could be to safeguard the children in the home. Whatever the reason, it makes sense to find out what options are available, and which is best-suited to your needs.

There are several ways you can look to block certain YouTube channels and videos, depending on the outcome you’re looking for.

There can also be variations depending on the type of browser you use. The following will explore what options are available for blocking YouTube channels, as well as the browser they are associated with.

YouTube

The first port of call for many will be the video platform itself, and there is an option in place that ensures that certain content is restricted. This can be found by clicking on the three dots at the top right-hand side of the screen. These will bring up a series of options, including a Restricted Mode. Simply highlight this and click save, and any content containing adult themes, profane language and violence will be restricted, as will the viewing of some comments.

Google Chrome and Firefox

Both Google Chrome and Firefox are popular web browsers among Internet users as they allow for a truly tailored online experience. Both browsers allow for plugins to be added to restrict certain content. Plugins can be found on the following platforms.

Chrome Web Store Extensions

Firefox Addons

Searching each respective store will give you a series of plugins, depending on the keywords used. One of the more popular choices for blocking YouTube videos is “Video Blocker” which can be found on each respective platform using the following links:

Google Chrome

Firefox

Once the plugin is installed, you can amend the settings to restrict access to certain YouTube channels. While this is a potential fix, there is a drawback in that it only applies to the browser being used. While this is fine for younger children, those who are a bit more tech-savvy may have the hindsight to simply use another browser. As such, it won’t be suitable for everyone.

Cyber Security

Although there are solutions in place for the most part, there will be parents and those within the education sector who are looking for something a little more robust, and can be tailored more in relation to what content is being restricted. Cybersecurity platforms offer more security as they deal with the network, as opposed to specific device or web browser. This means that content can be restricted on several different devices, if they’re all connected to the same network. While there is a cost for using such methods, they do offer a sense of security that really can’t be fulfilled using other methods.

One such example is Family Zone a one-stop shop solution that caters for home networks, as well as more complex setups, like a school network. As well as being able to easily restrict access to YouTube content, it also allows users to restrict the time spent online, as well as disabling features such as the webcam. Usage reports can also be viewed for each person using the Internet with ease.

The Internet can introduce children to a world they never knew about, but like anything, it must be used in the right way. Knowing what options are available allows parents, guardians and those who work in education to ensure that there is a barrier against more mature content, allowing our children to flourish in the right way.