YouTube adds parental controls with 'Safety Mode'

YouTube is taking another step toward civility, adding a layer of parental controls aimed at keeping the kids from seeing video that their folks might deem objectionable. The video hub today announced on its blog that a new "Safety Mode" was available as an opt-in for nervous parents.

The setting will help screen online video content that contains graphic violence or, other adult matter. The setting can be used for individual sessions or set for a user's profile.

Of course, anyone can set up their own profile, so the point is, to an extent, moot. As YouTube says in its blog: "While no filter is 100% perfect, Safety Mode is another step in our ongoing desire to give you greater control over the content you see on the site."

The settings can be adjusted via a link at the bottom of any video page or through password protection on a browser.

For more:
- see this YouTube blog