I’ll be honest. I don’t really have a problem with watching movies or videos with swearing, sex, or violence in them. In fact, because I’ve been an adult for so long (I won’t tell you how long), I hardly even notice if my favorite comedian drops the “bomb” in a YouTube clip.
But my friends and family have small children, and I’ve been in a few unfortunate situations where I share something from YouTube that is decidedly NOT family friendly…but don’t realize it until a little boy or girl has heard something their parents don’t want them to ever repeat.
To save myself from being on every parent’s hit list, I’ve looked into VidAngel, a service that lets you filter the sex, violence, and profanity from YouTube and Google Play videos. The filtering aspect is simple and easy to use, so you can choose exactly what you feel comfortable watching. The company’s website maintains that it’s “beta-ish” since it’s still working on making Hulu, Netflix, and Amazon movies editable. And while it currently works with Macs, PCs, and HDTV (via Chromecast), they’re working on being compatible with smartphones, tablets, Roku, and Xbox as well. So while it’s not a fix-all just yet, VidAngel is definitely getting there, so if you want to try it out, you can sign up for a free two-week trial.
This short instructional video shows you exactly how the filters work: