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Video Streaming, Music and Podcasts

Child Safety, Child Sexual Abuse & Exploitation, Pedophilia

Policy Date:

Apr 14, 2022

YouTube doesn’t allow content that endangers the emotional and physical well-being of minors. A minor is defined as someone under the legal age of majority -- usually anyone younger than 18 years old in most countries/regions.

If you find content that violates this policy, report it. If you believe that a child is in danger, you should get in touch with your local law enforcement to report the situation immediately.

Instructions for reporting violations of our Community Guidelines are available here. If you've found multiple videos or comments that you would like to report, you can report the channel.

What this policy means for you
If you're posting content
Don’t post content on YouTube if it fits any of the descriptions below.

Sexualization of minors: Sexually explicit content featuring minors and content that sexually exploits minors. We report content containing child sexual abuse imagery to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, who work with global law enforcement agencies.
Harmful or dangerous acts involving minors: Content showing a minor participating in dangerous activities or encouraging minors to do dangerous activities. Never put minors in harmful situations that may lead to injury, including dangerous stunts, dares, or pranks.
Infliction of emotional distress on minors: Content that could cause minor participants or viewers emotional distress, including:
Exposing minors to mature themes
Simulating parental abuse
Coercing minors
Misleading family content: Content that targets young minors and families, but contains:
Sexual themes
Obscenity or other mature themes not suitable for young audiences
Family friendly cartoons that target young minors and contain adult or age-inappropriate themes such as violence, sex, death, drugs and more. Make sure your titles, descriptions, and tags match the audience you're targeting. In addition, ensure your audience selection accurately represents the audience your content is suitable for. You can also age restrict your content upon upload if it’s intended for mature audiences.
Cyberbullying and harassment involving minors: Content that:
Targets individuals for abuse or humiliation
Reveals personal information like email addresses or bank account numbers
Records someone without their consent
Sexually harasses
Encourages others to bully or harass
This policy applies to videos, video descriptions, comments, Stories, Community posts, live streams, playlists, and any other YouTube product or feature. Keep in mind that this isn't a complete list.

Please note these policies also apply to external links in your content. This can include clickable URLs, verbally directing users to other sites in video, as well as other forms.

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