Name: YouTube

Owned by: Google, LLC

Age Rating*:

  • You must be at least 17 years old to download this app.
  • Frequent/Intense Mature/Suggestive Themes
  • Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References
  • Infrequent/Mild Sexual Content and Nudity
  • Infrequent/Mild Simulated Gambling
  • Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence
  • Infrequent/Mild Horror/Fear Themes
  • Infrequent/Mild Realistic Violence
  • Infrequent/Mild Profanity or Crude Humor
  • Infrequent/Mild Medical/Treatment Information

*Information from the App Store

Category: Photo and Video

Brief Description: View and publish videos

Operating System: IOS and Android

Available for download: Yes

Desktop version: Yes

Approximate release date: 2005

Date reviewed by Shape the Sky: January 2019


YouTube Quick Reference Guide

Access to Camera (device camera)
Access to Contacts (on the device)
Access to Photo Gallery (on the device)
Accounts Available for Purchase Online (eBay as an example)
Anonymous Posting (posting without a username or other identifiers)
Business Accounts (used for business)
Clear History Function
Collects Users Information
Connect with Strangers (ability to)
Cyberbullying Opportunities
Death Themes and/or Dark Content/Imagery/References
The original Faces of Death videos are on Youtube.
Designed to be Purposefully Deceptive
Direct Messaging (private)
Disappearing Messaging/Images
Eating Disorder Content/Imagery/References
One of the most popular Video Bloggers is Eugenia Cooeny
Emoji Search (search content with emoji’s like keywords or hashtags)
Firearms Content/Imagery/References
Graphic Content (images of death, car crashes etc.)
You must “sign in” to prove your age to watch some graphic content. You can pay to watch rated “R” movies. A quick search found “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” and “Cannibal Holocaust”
Graphic Content Warning (blurring graphic content before viewing)
Group Chat Function
Here is a link to learn about the Chat function
Group Video Chatting
Hashtag Use (uses hashtags as a search/directory)
Hidden Photo Vault
Hidden Web Browser
Image Sharing
Live Streaming Function
Here is a link to learn about live streaming
Location Dependent Services (must use location for it to function)
Location Services Enabling
Login with Facebook
Marketing (sponsored content)
“Memories” (from past posts)
Mental Health Content/Imagery/References
Nudity (without clothes, no sexual acts)
Nudity is not always restricted. Sexual acts are. Anatomy videos, medical procedures, nude beaches, artistic nude videos, body painting videos are all “Age Restricted” due to the content. You can watch episodes of “The Naked News”. These are news stories done by naked reporters.
Offline Functionality (can be accessed without wifi/cell service)
Original Content (shows, news, movies)
Youtube Premium has original content. Currently this subscription is $11.99 per month.
Password Protected (beyond account password)
Photo Filters and Editing
Pornography (Refer to “Sexualized Content”)
Privacy Settings (able to set account as private)
You can set your videos to Public, Private or Unlisted.
Purchases, In-App, for Sponsored Content (unrelated to the app)
Purchases, In-App, Provided by the App (app related products)
Upgradable to Youtube Premium.
Reporting Functions (report bullying, inappropriate content)
Scoring System (trophies, points, rewards etc.)
Screen Recording Notification
Screenshot Notifications “Stories”
Screenshot Notifications Pictures/Videos
Search Function (content within the app)
Self-Injury Content
Self-Promotion (for popularity or marketing)
Sexual Accounts Accessible by Purchase
Sexualized Content (sexual acts, pictures or videos)
Porn is being uploaded to Youtube. However it seemingly get’s removed through Youtubes controls and through user reporting functions. The keywords to search for porn are always changing an unless you know the current term to use (before Youtube discovers it) then it would be difficult to intentionally find porn.
“Stories” Posts
Suicide Content
Upgradable (for more content or to remove ads)
Youtube Premium
Video Chatting
Video Sharing
Voice Chatting
Web Browsing (build into the app)