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Concerns over removing risky videos from YouTube Kids app

Concerns over removing risky videos from YouTube Kids app

I just don't have the heart to completely take away something my daughter enjoys, so I guess I will have to sit and watch the videos with her, because that is the only "parental control" I feel confident in right now. One on YouTube exhibits a person pop into the body. Sideways for attention; longways for results.

"I'm a pediatrician, and I'm seeing more and more kids coming in with self harm and suicide attempts", Dr. Hess said.

"I think it's extremely unsafe for our kids, I think our kids are facing a whole new world with social media and internet access". "Their brains are not fully developed, so they're not able to think through complex situations such as the things that they're seeing".

I think it's extremely unsafe for our children.

YouTube sent a statement to Ars Technica about the videos. Fans of Frank have been known to insert this clip shot in the backdrop of a green screen as memes into other videos. The Florida-based pediatrician has been blogging about the videos and is working with YouTube to get all of them taken down.

"We rely on both user flagging and smart detection technology to flag this content for our reviewers", Ms Faville said. The statement said, "We appreciate people drawing problematic content to our attention, and make it possible for anyone to flag a video".

YouTube Kids has previously come under fire for failing to curate content on the platform correctly, Business Insider reported past year that conspiracy theory videos were prominent on the platform.

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

Since the backlash in 2017, YouTube has outlined steps it is taking to improve safety on its Kids app. Licensed child psychologist Nikel Rogers-Wood, Ph.D., of Rice Psychology in Tampa, said the videos prove parents have to be aware.

"We took immediate action by deleting accounts and channels, reporting illegal activity to authorities and disabling comments on tens of millions of videos that include minors".

Another version was reposted February 12, receiving more than 1,000 views before it, too, was removed from the site.

But this isn't the first instance of social media promoting suicide and self-harm. A video was found showing kids how to commit suicide. One video that looked like a Minecraft video game had a school shooting. "There needs to be messaging-this is why it's not okay". Still, she said, it's not enough.

Barb Smith, the executive director of the Barb Smith Suicide Resource and Response Network, said these type of messages in the form of cartoons discovered in YouTube Kids videos can put children at risk.


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