‘We’re all going to die’: How to make your digital video experience safe
Digital video is no longer just a way for people to watch movies and TV shows online.
There are new ways to watch and enjoy digital content, too.
We’re all on the same team, so we’re all here to help.
It’s not just about the people watching, either.
As technology evolves, so too does the way we experience it.
If you want to get the most out of your digital experience, make sure your content and settings are safe.
What’s safe for my family?
When it comes to family, digital content is safe for everyone.
It doesn’t have to be.
“If you’re not the person who has access to the content, you’re going to have to worry about it,” says Brian Hofer, VP of product marketing for YouTube.
“I think the biggest thing you can do is make sure the family member who is watching is using a safe mode that’s been tested to not cause harm.”
That means keeping the TV remote and the phone out of sight, making sure your children don’t touch the TV or smartphone and keeping your kids’ devices away from them.
If someone is watching, he or she should always be in control of the device.
If they are, that means setting up some sort of parental control.
“You should never have a child on the phone or the TV unless you’re absolutely certain they are in control,” says Hofer.
“There is no way to guarantee a child is doing nothing wrong if you have to use the phone.”
But even when they’re not watching, parental controls aren’t foolproof.
They’re still there, and some people find them easier to use than others.
“With regards to parental controls, it’s a matter of personal preference,” says Michael Pachter, founder of SafeZone.
“But I would say that parents should be making sure that their kids are using the app and that they’re using the settings that are appropriate for them.
And you can make a lot of adjustments to those settings, even for the kids, if you’re making sure they’re in control.”
For more on family safety, check out this video.
Is it safe for me to watch?
The vast majority of content is not illegal, but it’s important to remember that all digital content must comply with the FCC’s digital rights management regulations.
That means it’s not OK to upload or share copyrighted material or use the same content for commercial purposes.
“It’s important for people who are using content to be aware that it’s protected under the FCC Digital Rights Management,” says Scott Kranish, general manager of the Content Rights and Privacy Department for the FCC.
“And if you want your content to remain available to people, it has to be safe for you and your family to see.”
That includes parental controls and parental controls for devices.
“In terms of parental controls,” says Kranis, “there are a lot more options that you can go through.
It may not be in your child’s best interest to be on a child-friendly device, for example, but the kids can always look into it.”
What if I have a smartphone or tablet?
While it’s safe to watch content on a smartphone, you may not want to have them nearby.
“Most people don’t have a laptop or a tablet of any sort, so if you are using your phone for anything like work, school or gaming, it is not a good idea,” says Pachters.
That’s why he recommends setting up parental controls.
“To be able to control that device for the family members is a very important thing,” he says.
“The most important thing is that the family doesn’t get in the way of your child doing things that they should be able do.”
What’s OK to do for work?
You may be tempted to just ignore a child’s smartphone and tablet, but that doesn’t always work.
“When you have a work phone or tablet, there’s really no reason to go anywhere else,” says Wojcik.
“Your kids will be able see what’s happening and you’ll have them doing what you’re doing.”
So when you’re at work, make it a point to set up parental control for the device you’re using.
“Make sure that you set parental controls on the devices you use, and then when you get home, set parental control on the device,” says Oskar.
“A couple of the things that you’ll want to do is set parental restrictions for the child-proof locking, and the PIN lock, and other things that are in the settings of the devices.”
And if you do decide to turn off the screen, make a note of the PIN and the password, so you can set it up again.
“That’s a great place to set parental settings because the screen is not being turned off,” says Vila.
“So if you don’t want to turn it off, you