Although YouTube is a very popular website, some of the content can be too graphic for children. It can also be a time was,ter if employees can access the site on their work computers. To prevent your children or employees from watching it, you can learn how to block YouTube on a computer.
Controlling What YouTube Shows
Among the many ways to block content on YouTube is to block what the website is allowed to show. That way, if your child does access it on a home computer, they cannot see certain types of content. To control it from within the app, go to YouTube’s homepage.
The homepage displays the videos that have been watched and those that are recommended based on what has been watched. If you find content that you don’t want your youngsters to see, hover over the video and look for three dots beneath it.
There are four options from which you can choose:
If you select “Not interested,” then it will bring up a list of reasons for not wanting to see the content. Choosing "I'm not interested in this channel," will stop videos from the channel from showing on the feed. However, there isn't a universal way to prevent specific content from being seen from the homepage.
How To Block YouTube Channels
Web browsers like Firefox, Chrome, and Opera have an extension that allows you to block YouTube channels and other videos from YouTube that you don't want to be shown. The Video Blocker extension also allows you to block specific types of videos. When you use it, the channel will not appear under recommendations or when searching YouTube.
The first thing you will need to do is add the extension to your browser. If you have Firefox, click on the icon at the upper right corner that shows three short horizontal lines. Choose "Add-ons" from the drop-down menu and then, "Extensions." In the search bar on the upper right side, type in “Video Blocker.”
Firefox will give you a choice of video blockers from which to choose. Pick the one you want and add it to the extensions. Once it is added, an icon may appear on your taskbar for theblocker.
The extension allows you to manually block channels by typing in the name or using a keyword to prevent the types of videos that you don't want to be shown. The option "Wildcard" allows you to block multiple channels at once.
Before you can start blocking videos, refresh YouTube to ensure Video Blocker is enabled. Then, when you see a video you wish to block, right click on it and scroll down the menu to “Block videos from this channel.” If it doesn’t work, click the Video Blocker icon and “Add new.” Doing this should unlock it and trigger the right-click method to work.
Video Blocker is available on Firefox, Chrome, and Opera, and it should work the same way for each browser. You can also manage the blocklist, so if you blocked a channel you didn’t mean to, you can go in blocklist and delete it.
Adding Channels Manually
It should be noted that when you add channels to Video Blocker manually, by typing in the channel name, it is case sensitive. So, if it isn’t typed correctly, it won’t block the channel. However, the “Wildcard” and “Keyword” options are not case sensitive.
Blocking The Website
If you want to know how to block YouTube from appearing on your computer, you can go into the drivers to enter a command that will block the website. To do this, start by pressing the Windows icon to bring up the “Start” menu. Then, type “Run” into the search bar that appears.
Once "Run" appears on the results page, click it, so the run box appears. Next, type “notepad c:WINDOWSsystem32driversetchosts” into box and press enter. The notepad should appear, so you can edit anything you type before using the command.
Type the string “127.0.0.1 youtube.com” at the bottom of the notepad filebelow the last line. To save the update, click “File” and then “Save.” Once this is done, you will need to reboot your computer. When it restarts, try typing YouTube.com into the web browser.
Instead of the website, an error should appear that states “Error. Could not connect to database server.” Once you receive that error, you then know that YouTube is blocked on your system.
Blocking YouTube On Smartphones
Although YouTube is an application on mobile devices, some smartphones have it pre-installed. To make sure your child is not accessing videos on their phones, you can remove the application from it.
If your child has a smartphone with an Android operating system, you can remove the app by tapping on YouTube and selecting “Uninstall.” Confirm it by clicking “OK” and the app should be removed. If it is an iPhone, you will need to disable the app, which will also work for an iPad.
To disable YouTube, find “Settings” and launch it. Then select “General” and find “Restriction.” After you’ve found it, select “Enable Restriction.” Since you don’t want your child to access the website, set a restriction passcode so they can’t re-enable it. Afterward, locate YouTube and turn it off.
Since apps cannot be deleted on an iPhone, this is the quickest way to disable YouTube on iOS devices. Otherwise, you would need a third party app to remove or disable applications on them.
On most other mobile devices, such as a Kindle or another tablet PC, you would need to uninstall the app or don’t install it on the device in the first place. However, if your child manages to download it, you could quickly remove it on Android devices.
Now that you know how to block YouTube on a computer or a mobile device, you won’t need to worry about your children or employees spending time watching videos that you may not want them to access and watch, especially if they should be doing homework or working.