Lightspeed Systems Releases Report on Parents’ Perceptions of YouTube Safety in Schools

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Study suggests that parents are concerned about child safety on the streaming-video service and want tighter restrictions in schools.

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"Surveying hundreds of American parents with school-age children, Lightspeed Systems found that 88% of parents say K-12 schools should restrict YouTube content for some or all grade levels."

Today, to coincide with Safer Internet Day, ed-tech solution provider Lightspeed Systems released a report on parents’ perceptions about the safety of YouTube for kids. The study indicates that many parents don’t trust YouTube to provide an appropriate viewing experience for children, and want the streaming-video service, as well as K-12 schools, to provide a safer viewing experience for students.

Surveying hundreds of American parents with school-age children, Lightspeed Systems found that:

  •     88% of parents say K-12 schools should restrict YouTube content for some or all grade levels.
  •     85% of parents say YouTube should do more to police the safety of its content.
  •     78% of parents say their children watch more than an hour of YouTube per week.
  •     28% of parents report their children have open access to YouTube at school, while only 12% say they believe kids should have open access to YouTube at school.
  •     35% of parents say they don’t trust YouTube to provide enriching content for children.

Founded in 1999, Lightspeed Systems provides solutions to build safer school networks, including the market-leading content filter for K-12, the Lightspeed Systems Web Filter. Lightspeed’s device management, monitoring and filtering solutions are designed to help school IT teams track and report on student device activity, wherever those devices travel.

In 2017, Lightspeed Systems announced the release of Lightspeed Systems Smart Play, a proprietary, machine-learning technology that opens educationally valuable YouTube videos to students while protecting them from explicit, inappropriate content. Lightspeed Systems developed Smart Play as a feature to the Lightspeed Systems Web Filter and Lightspeed Systems Relay; as of today, Smart Play’s database holds more than 41 million educational videos.

“Teachers and students love using YouTube as an educational tool, but our study suggests that parents are aware and fearful of the dangers that lurk there for kids,” said Lightspeed Systems President and CEO Brian Thomas. “Lightspeed has been filtering schools for almost 20 years, so we understand their concerns better than anyone, and we’re proud that our filtering solutions and Smart Play help make YouTube a safer place for students.

To read the full report, visit https://www.lightspeedsystems.com/parent-opinions-youtube/.

About Lightspeed Systems
Lightspeed Systems partners with schools to make learning safe, mobile and easily managed. Partnered with 6,500 districts in the United States and 25,000 schools around the world, Lightspeed Systems offers integrated solutions for smarter K-12 school networks: Web Filter, Relay, Mobile Manager, and Management Bundle for Windows. To learn more, visit http://www.lightspeedsystems.com.

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