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.

The Canadian Centre for Child Protection

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.

Safety tools

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.

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To block someone on YouTube, visit their Channel page, which should have a URL similar to

On their “About” tab, click the flag icon.

Lastly, click block user.


Share videos with just the right audience

Whether you want to keep a video private, share it with a few friends, or release it to the world, there’s a privacy setting for you. On YouTube, videos are set to “Public” by default, but you can easily change the settings in “Privacy Settings” while you’re uploading the video. If you change your mind later, you can change the privacy of an already-uploaded video.

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To change Privacy Settings, visit your Video Manager.

Find the video you’d like to change, then click the Edit button.

Go to the “Privacy Settings” drop-down menu.

Pick Public to share with everyone, Unlisted to share with users who have a link to the video, or Private to share with specific users.

Click Save changes.


Stop unwanted comments or tags

If you’d rather not see someone’s posts on Google+, you can block them by going to their profile and selecting Report/block [person’s name]. You can also mute specific posts to no longer see them in your stream.

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To block someone on desktop, go to their profile.

On the side of the profile click Report/block [person’s name].

Confirm that you want to block that person.


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.

Learn more

Open Google+.

Go to someone’s profile/page.

Click the arrow below their profile photo and info.

Select “Mute [person/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.

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To moderate comments, click the arrow in the upper right of a comment to see your options.

Click Remove to take down the comment from YouTube.

Or, click Ban from channel to block the user from posting comments on videos and your channel.

In Comment Settings, you can require approval for all new comments before they’re posted or you can disable comments.

Comment Settings allows you set filters for who can comment on your channel. You can also block comments with certain words.

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