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YouTube Modes

There are three options for student access to YouTube.
1. No access. Youtube is blocked by the filter.
2. Restricted mode. This allows MCS to restrict which YouTube videos are viewable, which videos might show up as recommendations, and which videos are returned in YouTube Search results for signed-in G Suite.  (Formerly Google Apps for Education).
3. Full access.

Restricted Mode

In the G Suite Admin panel, we are able to set the permissions for YouTube.  Students are set to "Strict restricted YouTube Access"
Admin YouTube Permissions for Students
This means that students are only able to watch restricted and approved videos.  Students can search for any video, but only the restricted and approved videos will be returned.
Staff are set to "Can approve videos".
Admin YouTube Staff Permissions

Approving Videos

All staff have unrestricted access to YouTube and can approve videos and channels for everyone signed in with their G Suite account in your organization to watch.
To approve videos or channels:
  1. Sign in to YouTube with your G Suite account.
  2. Enter what you’re searching for and then filter the results by videos or channels.
  3. Click the video or channel that you want to approve.
  4. Choose one or both of these options:
    • Below the video player, click Approve to approve the video for everyone.
    • At the top of the channel page, click Approve to approve the channel for everyone.
If you accidentally approve a video, you can click the same blue button to remove the video or channel.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the difference between Strict restricted YouTube access and Moderate restricted YouTube access.
A: We can't tell the difference.  YouTube claims the Moderate restricted YouTube access "offers a larger corpus of videos than the Strict offering".
Q: How are the videos categorized?
A: YouTube algorithmically limits contents that is available under the Strict restricted YouTube access or Moderate restricted YouTube Access.  No algorithm is perfect
Q: What do I do if I still see inappropriate content?
A: No algorithm is perfect. If you see inappropriate content, please flag it.
Q: What happens if a student tries to watch a video that's not approved for viewing?
A: The student should get an error message that states, "This video is restricted.  It must be approved for you to view it"
YouTube Player video restricted
Q: Where can I read more about YouTube modes?