YouTube is a great resource but you also need to know how to use this sensibly and
safely. There are some things on YouTube that are not appropriate for children. As a
student of Ngaio School, we expect you to make good decisions when using the site.
1. Searching YouTube
Choosing sensible words when searching is very important. If you are using YouTube at
school, you should be looking for videos related to your learning. You need to think what
words you should choose for that topic. Try to put in at least a couple of words to help you
ﬁnd exactly what you are looking for.
What words would you choose to look for a video about the how the heart works in the
What words would you choose to look for a video about how to throw a rugby ball?
2. Watching Videos
Even when you use the sensible words when you do your search, you need to be careful
when you click on a video to watch it. First, read the description of the video. If it does not
sound like it is what you are looking for, donʼt click on the video to open it. If there is
something that you know is not appropriate for children that shows up on the page of
search results, minimise the window and tell an adult.
When you click on a video to watch it, it will start to
play automatically. If you are in the classroom, make
sure you turn down the volume so that it does not
interrupt other students working. You can pause and
play the video using the controls under the video.
If the video, the comments underneath the video, or
the links to other videos are not appropriate for
children, minimise the window and tell an adult.
3. Embedding Videos - Getting the code from YouTube
You can put a YouTube video onto a wiki page so that it plays on the wiki. This is called
embedding when you can take something from one website and put it onto another
There is a button under the video to click on called ʻEmbedʼ that gives you the
code that you need. If it isnʼt there, the owner of the video has turned off this
option as they donʼt want people to embed it in other places so you will have
to ﬁnd another video.
When you click on the Embed button, you get more options for what you your video will
look like on the wiki page. You can choose the size and the colours that will go around the
outside of the video.
Untick the option to ʻInclude This is the code to copy This is a preview of how your
related videosʼ. when you are ready. video player will look.
For wiki pages, the smallest
two sizes are big enough.
When you have made all your selections, click in the box where you can see the code so
that the box turns blue and then copy the code (go to ʻEditʼ and then ʻCopyʼ or hold down
the Command key and press C).
4. Embedding Videos - Adding the video to your Wikispaces wiki page
Go to the wiki page you want to embed the video on and click ʻEditʼ. Click
on the place in the page where you want the video to go.
Click on the button in the toolbar called
ʻWidgetʼ that looks like a T.V. This will
then open up another window.
Choose ʻOther htmlʼ which is the last option on the
In the next window that opens, click in the white box and then paste the code you copied
from YouTube (go to ʻEditʼ and the ʻPasteʼ or hold down the Command key and press ʻVʼ).
Click on ʻSaveʼ when you are ﬁnished.
The video will look like a light blue square on your wiki page. Donʼt
worry! It is supposed to look like that. The video will show up when
you save the wiki page by clicking ʻSaveʼ on the toolbar.
You can now watch your video on your wiki page by clicking the page button. Enjoy!
Remember - using YouTube is a privilege not a right. As
long as you follow the guidelines then everyone will be
able to continue using it.