restrict access to youtube but want to allow educational or tutorial videos

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    cervezafria

    You won't be able to pick and choose YouTube video access. You will either have it all or none. However, you can leave your filter setting at "high" and add "mit.edu" to your white list ("Never Block"). That should allow the video tutorials to pass through (you may need to flush your dns).

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    Brian Hartvigsen

    Most of the videos on that page are hosted by vimeo.com, if you don't want to give him access to all of vimeo.com but want to allow those videos to play you should be able to add the following to your "Never block" list:

    • player.vimeo.com
    • av.vimeo.com

    Other domains that are used, but don't look like they would be blocked under those settings.  You could add them to your "Never Block" list if you wanted to be safe, but shouldn't need to:

    • conviva.com
    • lphbs.com
    • vimeocdn.com
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    marco-007

    great stuff . thanks for the help folks

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    pacman66

    I have a similar question and maybe you've already answered it.  I have one son who watches videos of how to play video games.  These don't seem to be blocked when I select the games category for blocking.  However, there is a lot of good content on YouTube that I'd like my son (and other son) to have access to perhaps it is just like you had with the mit example above and allowing some of YouTube but not all.  Did that example work - Marco 007?

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    rotblitz

    We don't know if the above worked.  Feel free to test it out.

    As outlined, you can block certain categories or domains and allow other domains, where whitelisting has priority over blacklisting. Therefore you must find out what domains the related videos or other content is hosted on.

    You have two options:

    • Find out the impacted domains yourself by using something like http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/dns_query_sniffer.html while surfing the related pages on YouTube.
    • Because you may be lazy you ask other users to find out the domains for you.  Not sure if you keep people happy with this attitude...
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    maintenance

    For YouTube, specifically, there is no "block some". It is all or nothing.

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