Doctor Reveals Dangerous Content In YouTube Kids Videos

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A mother from Florida said she found clips on YouTube and YouTube Kids that provided children instructions on how to kill themselves (commit suicide). She said some have been up for days, weeks or even months at a time despite hundreds of people reporting and flagging them. The video was taken down.

Hess stated that she's aware some of these videos were not initially intended for a younger audience, yet they have somehow ended up on the YouTube Kids app.

The original video has since been removed from YouTube and YouTube Kids, but there's nothing stopping someone from posting another like it.

Hess said she spotted another version of the same video on YouTube Kids in July previous year. According to Yahoo News, she was playing what she thought was "a simple, innocent cartoon" for her son but it was much more than that. "Flagged videos are manually reviewed 24/7 and any video that don't belong in the app are removed". "He also sets an example to show how easy it is in the social media for any zany material to gain traction/followings by simply sharing unsavoury opinions and joking about topics many find offensive", Miller described himself.

The lady has reported that she has spotted a clip from a children's video game, where a man appeared on the screen and started giving instructions on how to commit suicide. She has been working towards bringing these videos down after an outcry from parents and child care professionals alike.

But that's not all she said she found.

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In a statement to ABC News, a YouTube spokesperson said the company works "to ensure the videos in YouTube Kids are family-friendly and take feedback very seriously".

Such videos can be particularly detrimental to impressionable children who are already battling mental health issues.

Andrea Faville, a spokeswoman for YouTube, stated in a written assertion that the corporate works to make sure that it's "not used to encourage harmful conduct and we've got strict insurance policies that prohibit movies which promote self-hurt". In April previous year, YouTube announced three new parental control features to give parents the ability to curate what their child is seeing on the app.

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". She says, "We need to fix this", and "we all need to fix this together".

If you or someone you know is feeling suicidal or in distress, please call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline number: 1-800-273-TALK (8255), which will put you in touch with a local crisis center.

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