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I have a love/hate relationship with YouTube, it's true. As as adult in my 40's, this is not something I grew up with, so I have a really hard time understanding why it is THE "go to" form of entertainment for my children. Beyond that, though, is the fact that I do realize just how much of a rabbit hole it can be; easily bringing my kids to places I do NOT want them to go. (read more)
SAFEVISION YOUTUBE REVIEW
If you've read any of the posts that detail just how much parental control I assert over my children's online devices, you know I don't mess around with them getting into bad things on the internet.
I know there are things in there they do not need to see, I know there are terrible people who would love to scare them senseless, and I am not that parent who just figures they'll do the right thing. I mean, they're 11 and 8 year old boys, they are the VERY definition of "let's make bad choices."
We've been around the block with internet struggles. From the dinner time, bed time, school work time fights, to my youngest watching a knock off "Caillou" video that featured Caillou putting Rosie in the microwave, we've seen a lot. I don't want to say we've seen "it all", because I REALLY don't want to jinx myself!
So, when you look at my post about our Google Wifi Router (and the ability to turn off the internet with the touch of a screen), and my post about OurPact and how it makes my life easier, you'll understand why I was so excited to post about the Safe Vision YouTube app and share my SafeVision YouTube app review with you.
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WHAT IS SAFE VISION?
Whether you're looking at SafeVision or Safe Vision, the app you want is the same. It's a way for parents to have more control over what their kids are seeing when they're mindlessly (or not so mindlessly) scrolling through videos on YouTube.
Yes, you can install YouTube Kids, as a matter of fact, I have done that myself, and while it is good, it doesn't differentiate between videos that YOU have deemed appropriate for your children, and videos YouTube has curated for your child.
Basically, if your child loves Papa Jake Vs Logan, you're not going to be able to watch that on YouTube kids. Even if you think the content is good and you're okay with letting your kids watch. You don't have the option to add it.
And, by the same token, while I do believe you can block certain channels from regular YouTube, you're going to be spending HOURS blocking things that you don't want your kids to watch, while still letting them watch the things you've decided are appropriate.
I mean really, I would never even make this attempt.
So what's the solution? Where's the happy medium?
What I needed was an app that would curate videos appropriate for kids in my children's age range, but would ALSO allow me to add channels they wanted to watch, that I was okay with.
Enter Safe Vision.
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I want to be completely transparent here. Pavel (the developer of Safe Vision) reached out to me after seeing my OurPact review, and asked me to take a look at Safe Vision. I spent a week talking back and forth with him, installing the app, and looking it over BEFORE deciding to write a review about it.
He did not pay me to write the review, and if you choose to install the app, I do not benefit at all. As a matter of fact, at the end of this post, I'm going to tell you how you can get a whole YEAR FREE (as long as you follow the steps by April 30th, 2019).
That said, Pavel did give me a year free (just like he'll be doing for you), so you need to know that. I like the app, it is something I'd pay for, and I'd have written the review whether he gave me a year free or not.
It's a good app. If you look on Amazon, it has 122 reviews with an almost 5 star rating overall.
Alright, let's talk nuts and bolts!
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SAFEVISION YOUTUBE REVIEW - SETTING UP
If you're a parent who wants to limit YouTube videos, but wants to allow some channels YouTube Kids doesn't deem appropriate, Safe Vision is for you.
If you're a parent who wants to only allow your child certain channels you have pre-selected, Safe Vision is for you.
If you're a parent who wants to offer tons of channels, but wants an easy way to limit time spent on YouTube each day, Safe Vision is for you.
Safe Vision offers all of these features, and one subscription covers ALL of the devices in your house.
You can also choose to use the free service, but it does limit you to one device, 5 unlocked channels, and only an hour of screen time a day. If you're that parent that allows your children an hour a day of YouTube, you don't even need to go past the free service, and I definitely recommend you try it out.
Start by downloading the app here for iPhone and here for Android.
Once you've got it downloaded, you'll need to create an account. Be sure to remember your password because you'll need it anytime you want to make changes to the app, which you do from the device you have it installed on.
Once your account is created, get started by entering your child's age:
This is also the area where you can make changes to things like the child's name, their interests, and any time limits you want to set.
Tip - Set up all of your children's accounts using one device, then just switch that child to their username after you install Safe Vision on their device. This saves you the time of installing and setting up users on different devices.
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Choose any specific interests your child has, this will help the app curate videos they might enjoy:
Once that's done, your app will start curating videos for that specific user:
This is a quick process, it only takes a few seconds. After it's finished, you'll see another screen letting you know the videos have been curated and you can go and checkout your child's preview screen:
The preview screen will show you exactly what your child is going to see. This is the time where you can look around at the channels the app has curated and decide if you're good with them, or if you'd like to block or add anything.
Notice the bottom of the screen. That black bar and giant green button are always there when you are in Parent Mode. It's a nice reminder so you don't hand back your child's device while it's still in a mode where they can make changes.
If you want to block or add channels, just tap the three horizontal lines in the upper left corner, and this screen will appear:
Safe Vision asked me to confirm my choice, and it even gave me the option of adding it to my child's home screen, which is great because he really likes that channel.
SAFEVISION YOUTUBE REVIEW - OTHER CONTROL FEATURES
Have you ever wanted to see exactly what your kids are watching on YouTube, but you have a hard time wading through the history? Safe Vision solves that problem for you. Just go to the history screen and see EXACTLY what they've been watching.
Don't like one of the videos, ready to get rid of a certain channel? Now you know what you want to keep and what needs to get dumped.
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You can even go in and look at all of the channels the app has unlocked for your kids, and lock those channels with one touch:
And, let's not forget the time limit feature! If you only want your kids on an hour a day, you get that with the free version, but if you want to give them more time, you can grab the subscription and choose from a wide array of time options:
SAFEVISION YOUTUBE REVIEW - COST
As I said at the beginning of the post, Pavel has generously offered a FREE YEAR subscription for Ty The Hunter's readers, as long as you install the app and send Pavel a message (in the Yell At Us section of the menu) by April 30, 2019.
If you're reading this post after April 30, let's talk cost, or let's talk cost after your free year.
Safe Vision is $2.99 per month, or you can get it for a year for $23.49 (that is the current price, and may vary), so a year will save you about $12 a year. Honestly, $25-ish for an app that gives you so much control is a great price!
You also get some more features:
Another thing worth mentioning is Pavel himself. He is in charge of customer service, and he's the developer, so when you have a question, he's the one who will get back to you.
Each time I messaged him, he answered within a few hours and was always extremely helpful.
Now, let's talk about your free year!
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SAFEVISION YOUTUBE REVIEW - FREE YEAR SUBSCRIPTION JUST FOR TY'S READERS
In order to get your FREE year subscription, this is all you need to do:
All readers that install Safe Vision app and send the code TYAPR2019 using in-app support chat before or on April 30, 2019 will get 1-year premium subscription for free.
1. Install Safe Vision app on your phone or tablet. You can download it for free from the App Store, see https://safe.vision/ or download for iPhone or Android.
2. Sign up for a new account
3. Use in-app support chat to send the code TYAPR2019
4. You will receive email confirming that you get 1-year premium subscription in a day or two.
I love Safe Vision. With as much as my kids love YouTube, I was having a hard time coming to terms with only giving them YouTube kids. There are a lot of educational, well-made videos out there that don't fall into the kid category (I'm looking at you, Binkov).
Safe Vision gives me the opportunity to let my kids learn and enjoy, while keeping them away from the things I'm not ready for them to see.
I hope this helps you, and if you have any questions, don't hesitate to reach out!