Published: Tue, February 26, 2019
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Doctor Reveals Dangerous Content In YouTube Kids Videos

Doctor Reveals Dangerous Content In YouTube Kids Videos

"We are always working to improve our systems and to remove violative content more quickly, which is why we report our progress in a quarterly report and give users a dashboard showing the status of videos they've flagged to us".

"But I am also relieved that I was there to see this video with my own eyes, so that I could take the appropriate actions to protect my family", an anonymous "physician mother" said after discovering suicide tips suddenly appear out of nowhere while watching cartoons with her son. YouTube will definitely have a lot to answer for once again and expect even more advertisers to announce their withdrawal from the platform.

The videos in question have a 9-second clip edited into them of a man giving advice on how to properly slit your wrists.

In both cases, the videos were eventually removed after they were reported to YouTube.

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 children. The clipping is from Frank's earlier video titled "If you're feeling suicidal you've come to the right place", which has now been taken down. 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.

The concerned mother added that YouTube Kids is supposed to be a safe website for children.

An online children's safety authority has exposed several disturbing instances of instructions for inflicting self-harm spliced into children's videos on 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.

First, YouTube inadvertently helped pedophiles find underage content.

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

"Once someone reports it, it's too late because a kid has already seen it", she said.

"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. And when children watch any content, sit with them or have a conversation with them about it later.

Children's charity the NSPCC has accused YouTube of failing to tackle risky content on its youth channel.

"There were just so many that I had to stop recording", she said. Hess said it took YouTube Kids a week to pull it down. "There needs to be messaging - this is why it's not OK".

For confidential support in the United States call the National Suicide Prevention Line on 1-800-273-8255.

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