YouTube and Covenant Eyes

Undoubtedly the most popular video-sharing platform in the world, YouTube is a website every person must navigate wisely. This article answers frequently asked questions about YouTube and provides some tips for parents.


Will the report show all the YouTube videos that were watched?

No. Screen Accountability is focused on what appears on the screen, but we don’t show you every single screenshot we captured; That would be overwhelming.

However, if YouTube was accessed during the reporting period, the Recap of Activity section of the report may contain screenshots of videos from YouTube.

How will I know if a bad YouTube video was watched?

Screen Accountability takes multiple screenshots each minute at random intervals, scans each screenshot for mature content, and then posts the most important images on the member’s report.

If any screenshots (from YouTube or anywhere else) were rated as concerning, then they will be included in the Screen Activity to Review section.

To see a sample report, go to Screen Accountability Report Basics.

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Does Covenant Eyes filter inside of YouTube?

Yes, depending on the filter option you select. There are two filtering options, called Blocking Levels:

Standard Blocking Level (default): Blocks access to all adult, pornographic, and explicit websites. It does not block proxy or VPN domains. Mixed-content sites (like Reddit) are allowed. Google and Bing are set to use SafeSearch.

Strong Blocking Level: Blocks everything Standard Blocking does, in addition to proxies, VPN domains, some mixed-content sites (like Reddit), and YouTube is set to restricted (YouTube Restricted Mode).

What is YouTube Restricted Mode?

Our Strong Blocking Level harnesses and enforces YouTube Restricted Mode:

  • Restricted Mode is YouTube’s parental control setting.
  • Restricted Mode disables comments on YouTube videos and blocks explicit videos.
  • Covenant Eyes doesn’t have any control or input over what YouTube Restricted Mode blocks or doesn’t block.
  • To learn more about Restricted Mode, read YouTube’s article.

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Can I allow only some videos or channels on YouTube, and keep the rest blocked?

No. At this time, when it comes to blocking YouTube, it’s an all-or-nothing approach.

If you are using our filter service, you can use the Custom Website List to personalize your filter by manually allowing or blocking websites!

However, you cannot block/allow certain pages within a site; this includes YouTube. However, you can block the entire YouTube website if desired.

Tips for Parents

  • For Android™ devices, download the YouTube Kids app instead of the regular YouTube app.
  • For an iPhone® or iPad®, delete the YouTube app and have your child go to youtube.com inside the Covenant Eyes browser.
  • Keep family devices in a common area of the house, where you can keep an eye on what videos your children are watching.

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