Denver Public Schools (DPS) permits access to educational content hosted on YouTube. Incorporating digital content into the learning experience supports our mission of providing opportunities for students to achieve the knowledge and skills necessary to become good digital citizens. Potentially mature and/or objectionable content is filtered out using automated rules to determine what content might be considered inappropriate by checking different elements such as the title, language and metadata used in each video. Educators should use their professional judgment when selecting appropriate content for use in the classroom.
DPS minimizes access to potentially mature and/or objectionable content by enforcing YouTube Restricted Mode for all student accounts.
YouTube Restricted Mode filters out potentially mature content on YouTube by analyzing titles, descriptions, metadata, and age restrictions. Metadata refers to information about the video such as the upload date, creator, video description, and tagged keywords.
Strict Restricted Mode:
Student accounts are set at the Strict Restricted access level, the most restrictive. Videos containing potentially mature and/or objectionable content will not be available to student accounts with Strict Restricted mode enabled. This mode does not block all videos, but works as an automated filter to screen out questionable videos while leaving other videos available for viewing.
The following content is filtered out:
- Drugs and alcohol: Talking about drug use or abuse, or drinking alcohol in videos.
- Sexual situations: Overly detailed conversations about or depictions of sex or sexual activity. Some educational, straightforward content about sexual education, affection or identity may be included in Restricted mode, as well as kissing or affection that's not overly sexualised or the focal point of the video.
- Violence: Graphic descriptions of violence, violent acts, natural disasters and tragedies, or even violence in the news.
- Mature subjects: Videos that cover specific details about events related to terrorism, war, crime and political conflicts that resulted in death or serious injury, even if no graphic imagery is shown.
- Profane and mature language: Inappropriate language, including profanity.
- Incendiary and demeaning content: Video content that is gratuitously incendiary, inflammatory or demeaning towards an individual or group.
Approving Student Access to YouTube Content
Teachers logged into YouTube using their @dpsk12.net account may approve student access to educational content hosted on YouTube using an Approve button displayed on videos. This button is not available to DPS student accounts.
Once a video has been approved, it becomes available to all DPS students logged into YouTube using their @dpsk12.net login.
See the Approving Access to Restricted YouTube Videos guide.
Staff Internet Filter Override
For more information about DPS internet filtering and staff override, see the information available on Staff Internet Filter Override.
District Policies and Guidelines
For information about district policies relating to internet use, please visit: District Policies and Guidelines.