Content that endangers the emotional and physical well-being of minors is not allowed on YouTube. We do not allow content that includes, but isn’t limited to, any of the following:
- Sexualization of minors
- Harmful or dangerous acts involving minors
- Infliction of emotional distress on minors
- Misleading family content
- Cyberbullying and harassment involving minors
Learn more about each of these and more here.
FAQ: Is it okay to feature children in videos?
Innocently posted content featuring kids is allowed. “Innocently posted” means that there should not be minors engaging in provocative or sexually suggestive activities, or engaging in challenges and dares, such as kissing or groping.
Note that we do not allow the aggregation of innocent minor content for the purposes of sexual gratification.
- For example: A family vacation video with short clips of the kids in bathing suits and swimming in a pool is allowed, but a playlist of clips of minors in swimsuits that is aggregated for inappropriate purposes is not.
When it comes to kids, we take an extra cautious approach towards our enforcement, and the following features may be affected if your content features children.
- Live chat
- Live streaming
- Video recommendations (how and when your video is recommended)
- Embedding videos on other websites
FAQ: Can you do prank videos featuring kids?
Yes, as long as the prank does not cause minor participants emotional distress, such as exposing minors to mature themes, simulating parental abuse, coercing minors, or violence.
- For example: Pulling a prank on a kid and pretending that their family abandoned them would not be allowed.
FAQ: What about comments?
Harassing minors in any way, even in a videos’ comments, is not allowed. This includes content that targets minors for abuse, humiliation, sexualizing, grooming, or encourages others to bully or harass minors.
- For example: Leaving a comment pointing other viewers to a particular portion of the video for the purpose of humiliating a child would not be allowed and the comment would be removed.