YouTube Kids Video Shows Children How To Commit Suicide
You may want to think twice before letting your kids watch YouTube Kids videos. A video was found showing kids how to commit suicide.
According to FOX 17, some disturbing videos have been found on YouTube Kids, the child friendly version of the video platform.
A mother recently found an instructional video showing kids how to kill themselves. The video was hidden inside another video where a man in sunglasses tells kids how to slit their wrists.
Other videos have been uncovered on YouTube Kids that glorify suicide, sexual abuse, human trafficking, gun violence and domestic violence. One video that looked like a Minecraft video game had a school shooting.
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.
YouTube made a statement that says they take the feedback seriously. The statement said, "We appreciate people drawing problematic content to our attention, and make it possible for anyone to flag a video. Flagged videos are manually reviewed 24/7 and any video that don't belong in the app are removed."
YouTube also said, "We've also been investing in new controls for parents including the ability to hand pick videos and channels in the app. We are making constant improvements to our systems and recognize there's more work to do."
If you find a questionable video, make sure and flag that video so it can be removed.