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Doctor Reveals Dangerous Content In YouTube Kids Videos

Doctor Reveals Dangerous Content In YouTube Kids Videos”

In her post, the mother wrote "t$3 his video was intentionally planted on YouTube Kids to harm our children".

"I believe this cartoon was up for about six months prior to it coming down", she told the station. Four minutes and forty-five seconds into the video. "An injured and abused female character disguised as a pet wolf is bought for $400 from a masked man with a simple phone call", she said of one video. Once again, after the video was flagged by her and others, it took a couple of days for YouTube to pull it, said Hess, who has been writing about the issue on her parenting blog.

Hess also wants parents to be more aware of what their children are watching on YouTube and YouTube Kids, and for parents to do a better job in general of keeping up with technology.

YouTube administrators took the video down for violating their community guidelines shortly after Hess pointed them to it last week.

The videos follows mounting pressure for the world's largest video-sharing platform to monitor and remove problematic content.

"I think it's extremely unsafe for our kids", Hess said about the clips Sunday in a phone interview with The Washington Post.

The Post reported, "In a blog post last week, Hess alerted other parents to numerous concerning videos she said she found on the app - a Minecraft video depicting a school shooting, a cartoon centered on human trafficking, one about a child who committed suicide by stabbing and another who attempted to commit suicide by hanging".

YouTube has long struggled with how to keep the platform free from such material - removing hateful and violent videos, banning unsafe pranks and cracking down on child sexual exploitation.

Disturbing content, including videos showing how to commit suicide, has appeared on video-streaming platform YouTube and YouTube Kids.

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Another version was reposted February 12, receiving more than 1,000 views before it, too, was removed from the site. "Though YouTube has deleted channels and removed videos, Hess points out that it's still easy to find a plethora of "horrifying" content aimed at children on YouTube Kids".

Dr Nadine Kaslow, a past president of the American Psychological Association, told The Post that it is a "tragic" situation in which "trolls are targeting children and encouraging children to kill themselves".

"In this next cartoon a young girl commits suicide with a knife after her father dies and her boyfriend breaks up with her", Hess said of another.

Parents not closely monitoring what their children are watching could easily miss the message because it quickly returns to what looks like a regular video.

"So anything that's not curated by the parent, we can not just assume they are not going to be viewing things that are 100 percent safe", said Rogers-Wood.

It added that such content "could be extremely unsafe if children copy what they see". "There needs to be messaging-this is why it's not okay".

As recently as Sunday, Hess noted on her Facebook page that she recorded a version of the clip "directly from YouTube Kids" that very afternoon.

If you or anyone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts or depression, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255.



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