Relay Smart Play

Relay’s Video Rules give you control over your users’ interactions with YouTube. You can block or allow YouTube, set YouTube controls, and block or allow specific videos and channels. Navigate to Video Rules by clicking Internet Access > Video Rules in the left-hand navigation menu.

The first step in setting up Video Rules is allowing or blocking YouTube. By default, YouTube is allowed. Selecting the Block YouTube option from the drop-down menu will block all YouTube content except for videos or channels in the Custom Allow List.

You can also enable Smart Play in the the Video Rules section. Smart Play is Lightspeed Systems’ machine learning AI database engine that provides an education-focused, machine-learning categorization of videos. With a single click, you can allow educational videos and block mature content.

Smart Play:

  • Saves time – You don’t need to create and maintain manual lists of acceptable and unacceptable videos.
  • Improves learning – Your users can access educational videos to teach or learn.
  • Maintains safety and acceptable use – Your users can access educational content while distracting and mature content is blocked.

Turn Smart Play on or off by clicking the toggle button to the right of Smart Play.

  • —indicates Smart Play is on.
  • —indicates Smart Play is off.

Smart Play does not filter Uncategorized videos. You can allow uncategorized videos by clicking the toggle button next to Allow Uncategorized Videos. However, as these videos may contain mature content, we recommend that you leave this option disabled for students.

Note: Categories are not available if Smart Play is enabled as Smart Play overrides YouTube’s native categories. We recommend using Smart Play over YouTube Categories as Smart Play intelligently categorizes videos while YouTube categories are set by video uploaders, who do not always set categories correctly.

When you enable Smart Play, your users will see the thumbnails of allowed videos, and a blocked sign instead of the thumbnail for blocked videos. The following example is a student view of YouTube when Smart Play is enabled.

If a user tries to view a blocked video, they will see a block page similar to the following example:

Smart Play Tips

Tip: Do not add to your Custom Allow or Custom Block Lists.
Tip: Do not use short URLs for Custom Allow and Custom Block Lists. Use the full URL.
Tip: Enable the option to block unknown videos for students. You may want to disable it for teachers/other users.
Tip: You can't locally allow/block topics
Tip: Add teacher/district YouTube channels to your Allow list. That way, curated content can easily reach students as videos are added to the channel.
Tip: You can see how a video is categorized by searching for it in the top search bar.


Smart Play vs. YouTube Restricted Mode

Smart Play is more functional and easier to use than YouTube Restricted Mode. The following table show differences between YouTube’s Restricted Mode and the Smart Play function of the Web Filter.

YouTube Restricted Mode Smart Play
Cannot be easily customized. Can be easily customized with local recategorization.
Channel and video classification handled by YouTube. Channel and video classification handled by Lightspeed’s dedicated team
Limited individual video/channel classification control Full individual video/channel classification control with Custom Allow and Block Lists
Cannot specifically block uncategorized videos. Can specifically block uncategorized videos.
No reporting functions. Ability to run reports that directly show YouTube activity.
Note: Although Smart Play is the superior solution, you can still opt to use YouTube Restricted Mode instead of Smart Play if you believe that it is a better solution for your specific set up. Make sure to turn YouTube Restricted Mode on and Smart Play off if you chose to do so.