Google Slides has a feature to allow k-12 students search on Youtube and insert videos to the presentations. Similarly, Google Forms, Hangouts, Classroom and Sites have this feature too.

Some admins report that with SafeSearch enforced and Youtube domain blocked, students still can circumvent it and watch age restricted videos within GSFE. Unfortunately there is no way in G Suite Admin Console to disable this feature.

Youtube video search in Google Slides exposes students to inappropriate video contents by any keywords
Youtube video search in Google Slides exposes students to inappropriate video contents by any keywords
Students could watch age restricted videos in Google Slides without permissions
Students could watch age restricted videos in Google Slides without permissions

This article is going to show you how to utilize Safe Doc to block Youtube video search in these cloud apps. It improves security to your students' Chromebooks as well as comply with the Child Internet Protection Act (CIPA).

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Deploy and configure Safe Doc

First of all, you have installed Safe Doc following the instructions of Deploy Safe Doc To Your Students’ Chrome browsers. Then you have read how Safe Doc Configuration works.

This Youtube video blocking feature is controlled by policy EnableVideoSearch. If the policy value is not set or false, the Youtube video search blocking is enforced. If the policy value is set to true, the blocking is not enforced.

"EnableVideoSearch": {
  "Value": false
}

How Safe Doc blocks Youtube video searching

In Slides, the Youtube video search feature can activate in the menu Insert > Video.... Then the Search tab in the popup dialog will give students the freedom to type any keywords and find videos. With Safe Doc installed, students will no longer see this tab. They don't even know there exists such a search feature. However, students still has the option to paste a Youtube URL in the By URL part.

Safe Doc blocks the Youtube video search feature in Google Slides
Safe Doc blocks the Youtube video search feature in Google Slides

In Forms, there are a couple of ways to trigger the video search. I will only show you a more visible example. From the side bar where you add questions, title or images, you will also find a Add video iconbutton to add videos. Then you will find a similar interface as in the Slides. Again, Safe Doc detects and takes away the video search capability while keeping the pasting Youtube URL option.

Safe Doc blocks the Youtube video search in Google Forms
Safe Doc blocks the Youtube video search in Google Forms

In Hangouts, open a chat dialog with any contact. Click the Image iconbutton on the message edit bar. A photo picker dialog pops up, on which the Video search tab allows students search Youtube videos in the same way.

Safe Doc removes Youtube Video search feature in Hangouts
Safe Doc removes Youtube Video search feature in Hangouts

In Classroom, Google allows students to explore videos and share them in class streams. This is abused by students, distracting their attentions.

Classroom's Stream feature has a inserting youtube videos button
Classroom's Stream feature has a inserting youtube videos button

Safe Doc terminates the video searching part while leaving the pasting youtube URL portal alone.

Safe Doc disables youtube video search in Classroom
Safe Doc disables youtube video search in Classroom

If your domain also enables Google Sites, in the Google Sites Editor, students are able to search, insert and watch Youtube videos natively.

Safe Doc blocks Youtube video searching in Google Sites
Safe Doc blocks Youtube video searching in Google Sites

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To protect your students from harmful content, you may also need to Block Image Searching in Google Docs Editors or How to Disable the Explore feature in Docs and Slides?.