Published: Wed, February 27, 2019
Health Care | By Terrence Lopez

Doctor Reveals Dangerous Content In YouTube Kids Videos

Doctor Reveals Dangerous Content In YouTube Kids Videos

Tony Stower, head of child safety online at the NSPCC told the BBC: "Tech giants have a responsibility to protect children on their platforms, but YouTube and YouTube Kids keep failing to tackle disturbing videos like this". But the character, named Momo, has recently begun to infiltrate YouTube videos meant for kids and has apparently been promoting suicide and other risky activities.

In a recent post on her parenting blog site Pedimom Dr Hess also warned other parents about the self harm clip, as well as other doctored videos featuring popular video games like Minecraft.

"I think it's extremely risky for our kids", Dr Hess told the news outlet. However, more youths survive suicide attempts than die. "I think our children are facing a whole new world with social media and Internet access". Among those were scenes depicting school shootings, a cartoon about human trafficking, and others glorifying child suicide.

Andrea Faville, a spokeswoman for YouTube, said in a written statement that the company works to ensure that it is "not used to encourage risky behavior and we have strict policies that prohibit videos which promote self-harm".

Read the full story here. When Hess went to YouTube Kids and started exploring the site, what she saw there shocked her. "Flagged videos are manually reviewed 24/7 and any video that don't belong in the app are removed". Well, it's time for you to stay vigilant as multiple reports suggest suicide tips are being stashed in kids' content on YouTube and YouTube Kids. The YouTube spokesperson further added: "We appreciate people drawing problematic content to our attention, and make it possible for anyone to flag a video".

The video has since been removed, according to Hess. Lyn Dixon said her child then became scared of the dark and didn't want to be left alone.

Though parents should talk to their children about the videos, Kaslow said, YouTube Kids also should address the issue, explaining to children what the videos were and why children should never harm themselves.

"We are always working to improve our systems and to remove violat [ing] content more quickly".

Hess did say that YouTube is faster about pulling questionable videos from YouTube Kids than from regular YouTube.

"Once someone reports it, it's too late because a kid has already seen it", she said. "The kids are the digital natives and the parents are digital immigrants". Licensed child psychologist Nikel Rogers-Wood, Ph.D., of Rice Psychology in Tampa, said the videos prove parents have to be aware.

"But we have to start doing something NOW and we should start by educating ourselves, educating our children, and speaking up when we see something that is risky for our children", Hess added on her PediMom blog.

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