A USA pediatrician is raising an alarm about instructions on how to slit one's wrists posted in YouTube videos targeted at children - showing that inappropriate content continues to slip through the online streaming site's filters.
Last year, pediatrician and mother, Free N. Hess, published on her website, Pedimom.com, a post from an anonymous mother who reported a horrifying incident where a YouTube Kids video they were watching was abruptly interrupted by a man in sunglasses who gave instructions on how to harm themselves. "Remember, kids, sideways for attention, longways for results", he says and then walks off screen.
The pediatrician found seven more unsettling videos on YouTube Kids on Friday alone.
"How can anyone do this?"
Many parents are stepping up and contacting YouTube Kids and asking them to do a better job screening the videos so they are actually safe for kids to watch.
The mother also goes to compile videos of Minecraft videos with multiple shooting scenes including one within a school.
"This is not OK".
For any regular YouTube viewers, it's hardly news there are thousands of gross videos going up all the time.
YouTube emailed Ars Technica, "We work to make the videos in YouTube Kids family-friendly and take feedback very seriously".
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But that's not all she said she found.
Children watching videos on YouTube and on the YouTubeKids app may have been exposed to chilling instructions on how to commit suicide.
Other videos have been uncovered on YouTube Kids that glorify suicide, sexual abuse, human trafficking, gun violence and domestic violence. As of Tuesday afternoon, the video was taken down.
"It makes me angry and sad and frustrated", Hess told CNN.
Most importantly, she says, parents need to team up with each other to combat this problem.
"I don't think you can just take them down", she said about the videos.
"Every quarter we remove millions of videos and channels that violate our policies and we remove the majority of these videos before they have any views", the spokesperson said.
Dr Kaslow, who teaches at Emory University's school of medicine, said that some children who are more vulnerable may be drawn to such grim content.
"But no system is flawless and inappropriate videos can slip through, so we're constantly working to improve our safeguards and offer more features to help parents create the right experience for their families", the website's description says. "We also need to fight to have the developers of social media platforms held responsible when they do not assure that age restrictions are followed and when they do not remove inappropriate and/or risky material when reported".