Updated: Jul 22, 2020
The billion-dollar question is: is YouTube safe for kids? No, it’s not! YouTube is no place for kids - of any age - to roam around alone. A child has the ability to jump from a harmless video, for example about cars, to a video with adult content; all within a matter of seconds. Since YouTube has user-uploaded content, not everything is categorized with appropriate restrictions. Also, filters can’t be counted on to safeguard kids. The videos keep autoloading and, eventually, your child may get exposed to something completely unrelated and inappropriate to the original search.
When kids are exposed to the wide range of content on YouTube, it’s concerning because the content might not be age-appropriate, which can lead them to seeing something they’re not mature enough to handle. YouTube hosts a number of inappropriate videos which, when seen, can affect a child’s judgement, as well as lead to increased stress, anxiety or even feelings of depression.
Strangers with various motives are uploading videos for various reasons - and that’s not OK! There is so much content that is dangerous under the surface of some of the videos meant for kids. Pedophiles are making videos for kids with hidden messages and younger kids are being exposed to cartoons with sexual language and behavior, explicit cartoons about pornography, child suicide, and family violence. Clearly, these videos are probably not something you’d want your kids to be watching.
In addition to video making, pedophiles in alarming numbers are using YouTube comment sections of kids’ videos and littering with links to their social media accounts, and adding explicit images and videos to further target your kids.
In addition to inappropriate videos for kids, some YouTube videos promote unsafe behavior, such as YouTube challenges. The risk of your kid doing a dangerous dare is no longer limited to peer pressure at school. Any child with access to social media can be exposed to these dangerous challenges that are trending on YouTube these days. The Momo challenge, for example, encourage kids to take their lives, or harm a family member. The 48-hour challenge encourages teens to go missing for 48-hours, and to sever all contact with family and friends. And, the Bird Box challenges kids to walk around blindfolded. These dares and challenges are downright dangerous!
In addition to inappropriate videos, dangerous pranks, violent or suicidal videos, and pedophiles, YouTube has another way to target your kids, especially teens, through ads. These ads are dangerous, and they keep popping up even more and more. Research has shown a heavy presence of alcohol brands and e-cigarette ads. The frightening part is teens are easily being exposed to these ads, even if they aren’t watching videos about drinking or smoking.
Since YouTube’s popularity among children has surged, mental health experts warn that YouTube is a growing source of anxiety and inappropriate sexual behaviour among kids under the age of 13. This calls for a proactive involvement of both the parents and the educators.
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