Our new Ruleset feature looks like this, and is available for any ruleset type, blacklist or whitelist:
No YouTube account login required. YouTube offers opt-in restriction mode by logged-in accounts, which can easily be circumvented by launching a different browser, or by using new incognito/private window. However, when this setting is used on a DNSthingy service, it cannot be bypassed. Attempts to do so will look like this:
Restricted Mode is enabled by your network administrator.
Here’s an example of a common YouTube search today and how the results vary by filtering level options:
|Searching "Miley Cyrus"||Unfiltered||Moderate||Strict||Blocked|
|Search results||10 Million+||7 Million+||500,000||None|
|(all)||(some filtered out)||~95% filtered out!|
In addition, both moderate and strict modes filter out comments which is most often requested by our subscriber to suppressed regardless of filtering levels. The comment section will state this:
Restricted Mode has hidden comments for this video.
You might also notice that no matter what the YouTube account settings are at, your DNSthingy is considered a network-level enforcement option, so it overrides your YouTube account.
When using network-level enforcement of filtering options, it doesn’t matter how YouTube is watched, as all of these are covered:
- YouTube app on mobile
- YouTube via browser on mobile
- YouTube via desktop browser
- YouTube via incognito/private window
- YouTube embedded on a website/blog post
And finally, you can set different rulesets for different devices. Our solution is the only one in existence that can offer network-level enforcement options with different settings per device or group of devices. Here’s how our subscribers typically use it:
|Role||Forced YouTube Safety Mode|
|Parents/Business Owners||Off (with optional account-level opt-in, but note it is easy to circumvent)|
|Children 12 and under||Strict (or, if necessary, it can be blocked entirely on a blacklist)|