extension ExtPose

Safer YouTube UI for Kids

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Trying to make YouTube slightly safer for kids.

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Description from store ---------------------- DESCRIPTION ---------------------- YouTube's parental controls are pretty much non-existent. Restrictive mode hides some things yes but not nearly enough. Plus there are no tracking/monitoring or filtering methods parents can use. On top of that the "suggested" and "trending" videos very often have content I personally wouldn't want my kids watching. This extension is a very simple hack to hide most elements on the YouTube site and only show the basics. These lists may change over time but for now here's what is shown/hidden: ---------------------- ITEMS SHOWN ---------------------- * Search Bar * Playlist menu/list * Subscriptions ---------------------- ITEMS HIDDEN ---------------------- * Suggested / Next Up videos * Bulk of YouTube homepage contents * The GOD AWFUL "Trending" link * History link (harder for kids to clear history) * Video description * Video comments * Misc YouTube Header/Footer stuff ---------------------- HOW TO USE ---------------------- 1.) Install this extension. Enable it for "Private/Incognito" mode if necessary. 2.) Go to YouTube 3.) Enjoy a VERY minimal/bare-bones YouTube user interface with 85% of the crap hidden. ---------------------- DISCLAIMERS/NOTES ---------------------- A) Yes this is not super secure and anyone (incl kids) of a certain age/technical skill will find ways around this but it's better than nothing for people in my situation with no other options. B) Please note that this extension may stop working to varying degrees in the future if/when YouTube changes their site. I'll update/fix if possible when time permits and/or I (or others) are still using this. C) This extension is not meant to eliminate the need for parental attention of what their kids are watching on YouTube - it's just to help make parents' job a little bit easier and less stressful. D) This extension's toolbar icon is *intentionally* invisible so it's not immediately obvious where/how to remove it. However it can be removed in the usual extension/setting location. E) This extension is similar to the similarly-named extension "Safer YouTube" by another person but that one didn't go far enough (for me) in what it hides/shows so that's why I made my own. Reference: https://goo.gl/TKqRtW. F) Finally, this is a test/work in progress. Please leave any ideas/feedback anyone has here: https://emersondesignlog.blogspot.com/2019/03/safer-youtube-ui-for-kids.html ---------------------- CHANGE LOG ---------------------- 20190319: Trying out hiding SUBSCRIBE button and AUTHOR/CHANNEL links. By the way I *may* eventually make these toggles not global/hard-coded hide/show decision.

Latest reviews

  • (2021-03-24) Gamer vegito: MEH
  • (2020-12-09) Marc Rose: This is amazing!! It's really helped me stay productive and off the dark patterns that google keeps trying to snag me with. It breaks occasionally, but It's a really helpful tool overall.
  • (2020-07-06) Francis Kangah: Very good
  • (2019-11-19) Achmad Julianto: good

Latest issues

  • (2019-10-13, v:20190317102444) BigBeat BreakBeat: please new plugin
    Please. I want a plugin for Youtube. Let Youtube be completely blocked but you get the option of allowed video channel or playlist. The Android app YouTuze is an example, please review.


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4.5 (11 votes)
Last update / version
2020-08-30 / 20190317102444
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