restrict access to youtube but want to allow educational or tutorial videos
I'm trying to restrict access for my 9 yr old son. I've turned to opendns to help me do this. I've set the filter level to high and am very happy with the safety level. I was wondering now if I can tweak the settings a little further. I am glad that youtube is blocked by the high setting as i found that he was inclined to use his computer only to watch music videos on youtube. My problem however is if I want him to be able to watch tutorial videos for example these seems to be disallowed aswell. the below page about learning scratch for example has been disallowed as there is video sharing.
is there any way to tweak the filters to allow specific types of video for example? (i know this is asking a lot)
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).
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:
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:
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?
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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