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How to filter racy music videos on YouTube

Updated: Nov 3, 2022

News accounts of students accessing inappropriate or otherwise mindless, non-educational content during school hours are commonplace. An often overlooked category causing distractions for students are music videos found on YouTube and other streaming sources.

Live performances tend to be reasonably acceptable with the music tending to take center stage. Yet many of the studio-produced videos run risqué – and attract LARGE audiences of adolescent and teen viewers, presenting yet another opportunity for kids to get off-track and disengaged from schoolwork. For a school IT Admin, it’s simply one more blip on your already crowded radar.

Admittedly, YouTube poses challenges for legacy filtering technology. With 30,000 hours of new content uploaded to YouTube every hour, the amount of new content is staggering. Legacy filter technology simply wasn’t designed to filter the dynamic content that comprises most of today’s internet. You may think your students are adequately protected, but the filtering safety net you have in place may be leaving your students (and district) vulnerable.

Throw music videos into the mix and K12 ITs are faced with yet another category challenge when it comes to YouTube content – do we block altogether or leave it wide open? Even when K12 ITs turn on Safe Mode, YouTube’s content moderation has some large gaps in effectiveness. Can we block some music videos but not others? Or do we just block music videos altogether? Q. What’s the answer?

A. A filtering system utilizing browser-level AI filtering that analyzes each page in real time - which is exactly what we do. Unique to Deledao, our video analysis AI engines are tuned to detect inappropriate images in video frames - blurring/muting the video until the inappropriate scene is over.

Example – Deledao Education filtering Nicki Minaj music video

In addition to state-of-the-art filtering technology measures, Deledao Education provides an additional layer of protection to further ensure students won’t have access to age-inappropriate music video content.

For example, let’s say your school district decides to block a Nicki Minaj YouTube video that’s unsuitable for students – but you’d also like to put in a blanket policy so you don’t need to keep coming back to the Admin console to update the policy settings each time a new Nicki Minaj video shows up. What are your current options?

Deledao Education’s policy settings provide the options to block or allow YouTube videos by channel, category, and keywords. A few simple clicks on the Administrative Console and students are protected:

· Block the individual video

· Block the YouTube channel

· Block the category

· Block videos that contain selected keywords in the title or description

Example – Deledao Education's YouTube filtering policy settings

Example – Deledao Education’s YouTube keyword blocking settings

With the dynamic internet of today in mind, Deledao Education’s filtering technology is specifically designed to help K12 ITs manage social media and similar user-generated content. With the added safeguard of real time AI, Deledao Education provides a complete solution that will keep your students safe and protected from inappropriate content.


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