Teachers Can Approve Blocked YouTube Videos and Channels on Chromebooks

rThere are many educational and noneducational videos on YouTube that have child appropriate content. Unfortunately, there is also a ton of videos on YouTube with inappropriate content. The technical process of separating the appropriate from the inappropriate is a lot more difficult than some may think. One change we have made recently to combat this issue on Chromebooks is to enable content restrictions. The blocking of videos is automatically done by Google. However, all FCPS teachers have the ability to allow students to watch a particular video or channel on YouTube.

Three main things have changed for students when using YouTube on our Chromebooks.

  • When searching for videos, restricted videos will no longer show up in the search
  • Comments for videos are no longer shown
  • When trying to play a restricted video by using a link, the student will see this screen.
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    The wording of the screen is controlled by Google and is a bit confusing. It says “…Try signing in with a Google Apps account”, but the user is signed in with an account. That’s how the video was blocked in the first place. Google is using the same wording as if the user was trying to access a video that the video owner has restricted. Like I said, it’s a bit confusing.

I should point out that these three changes are true regardless of whether the Chromebook is being used at school, McDonalds, or home.

Now, as I said in the beginning, teachers can override the block. They can allow a specific video or an entire YouTube Channel. Both are really easy to do. When a teacher approves a video it is allowed for all students in the district.

Approving A Specific Video For Students

  1. Open www.youtube.com
  2. CaptureSign in with your FCPS account (if not already.) You can do so by clicking on Sign In in the top right corner. If you are signed in you will see your account
  3. Search/open the video you want to allow
  4. Under the video there will be a blue bar that either says the video is approved or there will be an “Approve” button.
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    Once approved the video will be available for all students. Teachers can approve videos from anywhere, not just at school.

Note: Some videos may still be blocked by our Internet filter for elementary school students. Scroll down to the bottom of this post to learn more.

Approving An Entire Channel For Students

Some teachers are uploading their own YouTube content to share with students. Rather than approving videos one by one, you can approve your YouTube channel.

  1. Open https://www.youtube.com/channels
  2. CaptureSign in with your FCPS account (if not already.) You can do so by clicking on Sign In in the top right corner. If you are signed in you will see your account.
  3. On the left side of the screen click “My Channel”
  4. Click Customize Channel
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  5. Click “Approve” in the blue bar
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Note: Some videos may still be blocked by our Internet filter for elementary school students. Scroll down to the bottom of this post to learn more.

 Internet Filtering for Elementary School Students

Since we currently we only have these restrictions setup for our Chromebooks, we have to rely on our Internet filter to block inappropriate videos for elementary students using other devices on our network. Therefore, it is possible you could approve a video and our Internet filter still block it on a Chromebook. One of three things will happen when an elementary student trying to play a video.

  1. The video will play without issue
  2. The video will be blocked because it is uncategorized in our filtering system. These videos are automatically categorized within a few hours. Therefore, we recommend that a teacher play the video on their computer at school at least the day before they plan on using it.
  3. The video is blocked because it is categorized as a blocked category. In this case you’ll need to report this site to get it unblocked. Fastest way would be to let your school’s STC know.
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