Make smart connections
Teach your family not to arrange in-person meetings with people they “meet” online, and not to share personal information with online strangers. Google’s tools make it easy for you and your family to interact online with the people you know and avoid the ones you don’t. When your teens start using online communication tools like Hangouts, Google+, and Blogger, the first step is always to have a conversation about making smart choices and being a good digital citizen.
Advice from our partners
When it comes to online sexual exploitation, some youths are more at risk than others. Thirteen to 15-year-old girls are most vulnerable, particularly those who voluntarily place themselves in risky situations- by engaging in online discussions with strangers, flirting and talking about sex online, and by publicly posting personal and intimate information in web environments such as social networking sites. It’s also important to note that young people who are most at risk online also tend to be those who are most at risk offline. Parents should discuss healthy relationships with their kids, and impress on them that they should never feel pressured into something they don’t want to do, when online. Read more information on this topic.
Sexual offenders can target social networking and gaming sites in an effort to develop relationships with children. Through engaging with these children over time, they can lure the children into meeting with them. It is important that your child knows that they are never to disclose personal information (name, age, location, photographs) while online, nor should they ever agree to meet anyone with anyone they’ve chatted with online without first getting permission. It is also important that parents are aware what their child is doing while online. The Canadian Centre for Child Protection helps parents to learn how to better protect their children with the Door That’s Not Locked website – a one-stop site for everything about Internet safety.
Discover Google safety tools designed to help your family monitor their online reputation.
Manage YouTube Comments
If someone is making comments that you don't like on your videos or Channel, you can block them on YouTube. This means they won't be able to comment on your stuff or send you private messages.
Choose whose updates you see in your stream
What if someone adds you to their circles, but you're not interested in interacting with them? If you don’t want to block them, you can mute them instead. If you mute a user, you will no longer receive notifications from them or their page.
Control the chatter about your videos
It’s easy to moderate the comments on your YouTube channel. You can choose to delete comments, or to hold comments from certain people or with certain keywords from being published before you review them.