How to Protect your Youtube channel from COPPA and FTC rulings

How to Protect your Youtube channel from COPPA and FTC rulings

Protect your Youtube channel from COPPA and FTC rulings


YouTube has introduced some brand new audience settings that require you, as the video creator, to tell your viewers whether or not your content is made for kids. If you do not set any of this up properly you could see your channel terminated and, worse, receive a fine of over $42,000

So let's avoid all of that by checking out this beginners guide below.


Setting your Youtube Channel


Starting from now and moving into 2020 you are responsible for labeling your YouTube video content as made for kids or not. You can either set this at a channel level or for each video you upload to YouTube. If you don't do this YouTube may automatically label your content. 

So let's get ahead by clicking on your profile logo from any YouTube page and go into the YouTube studio link.


How to Protect your Youtube channel from COPPA and FTC rulings


You should now see the YouTube Creator Studio dashboard and down the left-hand side are several options. You'll want to click on the Settings to display pop-up, 


How to Protect your Youtube channel from COPPA and FTC rulings


then click on Channel followed by the Advanced Settings tab at the top. 


How to Protect your Youtube channel from COPPA and FTC rulings


Now in the Audience section of your channel settings is where you can set whether or not all of your existing videos and future videos are made for kids. As stated in the wording, you are legally required to comply with copper and other laws so you can't just ignore these settings. 

If you set your channel to Yes, the channel is made for kids a brief overview of what features won't be available to you are listed. 


How to Protect your Youtube channel from COPPA and FTC rulings


If you choose the bottom option you will need to select whether or not each video is made for kids when you upload it to YouTube.


How to Protect your Youtube channel from COPPA and FTC rulings


Setting for the Individual Videos


You can set individual videos as made for kids or not, and this will override the channel settings. 

To do this go to the video section of the Creator Studio to list your videos.


How to Protect your Youtube channel from COPPA and FTC rulings


Click the check box next to each video you want to adjust and then click edit from the tool bar to display a drop down of options


How to Protect your Youtube channel from COPPA and FTC rulings


and then select Audience


How to Protect your Youtube channel from COPPA and FTC rulings


You'll get two options at this point so you can choose the appropriate label for the selected videos whether or not they are made for kids. 


How to Protect your Youtube channel from COPPA and FTC rulings


If you need to get more information about the video before you label it you can click on it to go to video details for that specific video 


How to Protect your Youtube channel from COPPA and FTC rulings


and about halfway down the screen you will see they saying Audience Settings.


How to Protect your Youtube channel from COPPA and FTC rulings


You will also see an additional option to age restrict the video for an adult audience.


How to Protect your Youtube channel from COPPA and FTC rulings


Setting for the New Uploaded videos


When you upload new content to YouTube you will also have the chance to label you content as made for kids or not, which will again override your channel default, if required. This appears on the first details page of the new upload workflow towards the bottom of the screen.


For Mobile users 


If you are a mobile YouTuber, as of time of recording there doesn't appear to be a way to select a made for kids setting at a channel level on a mobile device. But you can still do it for individual videos through the Creator Studio app on both Android and IOS. Tap on the menu in top left-hand corner, go to videos,


How to Protect your Youtube channel from COPPA and FTC rulings


then tap on the video you want to review. You will then see a pencil icon towards the top right, tap on that, 


How to Protect your Youtube channel from COPPA and FTC rulings


choose advanced settings at the top and you should find the Audience settings on this screen. 


How to Protect your Youtube channel from COPPA and FTC rulings


If you upload a video to YouTube via the mobile app you do not have any option to set the audience for the video and it will just direct you to the Creators Studio app.


Settings for the Live Streams


If you live stream onto YouTube from a desktop computer you will also have the option to set your audience made for kids, or not.


How to Protect your Youtube channel from COPPA and FTC rulings



Mobile users


However, if you want to post a live stream from the mobile app you can set the audience. Currently this all feels a little clunky so expect YouTube to refine this experience for mobile YouTubers. 


How to Protect your Youtube channel from COPPA and FTC rulings



Why this Happened


The reason you have to do this now is because YouTube was fined 180 million dollars by the Federal Trade Commission, for violating the children's online privacy and protection act in the US. From now on any videos marked as made for kids on YouTube will not show personalized ads to the viewer because they won't be collecting any data from the viewer as they watch the video. Because it's presumably for children under the age of 13.

And through all of these settings YouTube is making sure that you as the video creator are responsible for determining whether the content is made for kids.


What is classed as made for kids ?


The big question you are probably asking right now is, what is classified as made for kids? Here are the current broad guidelines:


  • What is the subject matter of the video?
  • Whether the children are your intended audience for the video. 
  • Whether the video includes the child actors or models.
  • Whether the video includes characters, celebrities or toys that appeal to children, including animated characters or cartoon figures.
  • Whether the language of your video is intended for children to understand. 
  • Whether the video includes activities that appeal to the children. 
  • Whether the video includes stories, songs, or poems that appeal to the children. 


Now we appreciate this is not a catch all list, especially for gaming channels. But information surrounding this at the moment is little bit thin on the ground. YouTube have only guidelines and they suggest to you to seek legal advice. The key thing for you now as a video creator is to be aware of these settings and to the best of your current knowledge set them as appropriately as you can. And perhaps, most importantly of all, don't panic. This is going to be a learning curve for everybody. YouTube, video creators, and viewers. It's going to take some time to adjust. 

The last thing that we want to happen to you is to be caught cold by these settings or to quit YouTube completely because your too afraid of what it might mean for your channel.
How to Protect your Youtube channel from COPPA and FTC rulings How to Protect your Youtube channel from COPPA and FTC rulings Reviewed by Qasim Tricks on November 26, 2019 Rating: 5

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