We all know that the internet can be an evil place, and parents have to be hypervigilant about the content that their kids are viewing. One of the places that offensive and dangerous videos can be found is YouTube.
Although the company launched their YouTube Kids app several years ago with an aim to be family-friendly, inappropriate content that is violent and exploitative still finds its way onto the platform. Free Hess, a pediatrician, learned there were videos showing kids how to commit suicide on YouTube Kids and after further digging, found more.
In one video, the footage interrupted a cartoon. After she and other parents flagged it, it took YouTube a week to remove it. Months later, she saw it was back on the site along with others that contained graphic depictions of abuse, suicide, and violence.