Wondering how to switch the settings on your YouTube channel to comply with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act? Don't worry, we've got you covered. Below are the steps you can take to make sure your YouTube channel is in compliance with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act.

YouTube channel owners and users recieved an email that asked you to make sure your channel is in compliance with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act.


YouTube made it fairly easy to switch your channel over and make sure you're in compliance. We'll outline couple ways you can set it.

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Each Video OR Each Channel

Each video on your YouTube channel or your entire YouTube channel in advanced settings needs to be addressed. Either way, every YouTube account holder must comply.

Important Notice

When you log into your account there will be a notice at the top of your account telling you about the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act.



Click on Select Channel Settings. These are the global settings for your channel.

You can also access the Channel Settings by selecting Settings from the left side menu.

Under Advanced Settings, you'll select your channel's primary audience.

Yes = You create content specifically for kids.

No = You create content for a primary audience that is not kids.

For instance, you have an instructional video about how to bake a cake. Kids can watch it, but the primary audience would be adults. You would select No.

If you are creating a video for preschoolers about shapes and colors, then you could select yes.

You can also choose to review the setting for each video you upload. Your choice, but a blanket no, unless you are making videos specific to kids is fine here.



Note: Highlighted in blue: existing and future videos are wrapped into this setting.

YouTube Channel creators can rejoice because it's a one click solution for compliance.


Select Save and you're done.

Bulk By Video

You can also choose to do a bulk edit to the videos currently on your channel.

From the Videos Tab, check the box next to Video option, to select all the videos on this page.

You'll then select Edit.

Choose Audiences from the drop down.



You will select:

"Yes, it's made for kids"


"No, it's not made for kids"

then Update Videos.


Each page will only allow you to select up to 30 videos. If you have more than 30 videos on your YouTube channel, you will need to go to the bottom of the page and select the next 30, repeat the steps above for each page of videos.

This takes a little more time, but if you have a mix of videos that are for children and not, this can make it eaiser to bulk update all your videos.

Advanced Settings

You can also select Advanced Settings if you would like to have age restrictions on specific videos.

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When you are finished, you can select Save.

If you're looking for help managing your YouTube channel and other marketing efforts, contact Neon Goldfish today about how we can help grow your audience and turn more leads into customers.

Susanne Ybarra

By Susanne Ybarra

Susie is our content manager at Neon Goldfish. She also oversees and manages paid search and SEO strategy for NGF clients. She makes a killer chili, is obsessed with llamas, and drinks entirely too much coffee.