Keep personal information on a need-to-know basis
Not every message should be shouted from the rooftops. It’s important to think before you share, since public content can be copied, re-shared and spread around the web by anyone who finds it. Talk to your family about protecting their personal information online, then help them share what they want and protect what they don’t. Some services, like Google+, have stricter sharing settings for teen users than for adults, but many services can be customised to fit the needs of each family member. Talk with your family about what types of information they can share publicly, what might be better to share with just a few close friends and what should stay private.
Advice from our partners
Many sites that feature user-generated content, including YouTube, Google’s Blogger site and its photo-sharing site Picasa, have sharing and privacy controls that put users in charge of who sees personal blogs, photos, videos and profiles. Using sharing controls is particularly important when you or members of your family share personal information, like names, addresses, phone numbers or photos on public sites. It is important to teach young people how to use these controls, and to respect the privacy of friends and family by not identifying people by name in public profiles and pictures. Once you post anything online it, it is out of your control.
You can help younger children learn more about what they should be aware of when sharing personal information online, such as using nicknames and only revealing personal information to a trusted adult, by watching the ‘Your Personal Information’ online series of Hector’s World® episodes with your child. These episodes are available in the Episode Theatre and provide a fun way of approaching this topic with children.
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 that 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.