YouTube videos aimed at kids discovered to include self-harm tips

Pearl Mccarthy
February 27, 2019

Free N. Hess, who reported it on her blog, Pedimom and to The Washington Post, which published a story on its website February 24. One video titled "Monster School: SLENDERMAN HORROR GAME", features a character enacting a school shooting.

YouTube did take down that self-harm video, but the blog warns about other edited children's videos.

Recently, Hess said she saw the video again, this time on YouTube.

'We have to start doing something NOW and we should start by educating ourselves, educating our children, and speaking up when we see something that is unsafe for our children'.

Hess found other videos on YouTube Kids that make light of and glorify suicide, sexual abuse, human trafficking, domestic violence, and shootings.

"I think our kids are facing a whole new world with social media and internet access".

Children watching videos on YouTube and on the YouTubeKids app may have been exposed to chilling instructions on how to commit suicide.

Hess stated that she doesn't believe that YouTube is doing enough to curate the YouTube Kids platform and protect younger viewers from adult-themed content.

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Below is an excerpt from a new post I'm certain most parents will find shocking.Please review this and help to spread... The sinister content is fused into cartoon videos in such a way that parents won't suspect a thing unless they decide to sit down with the kid to watch the entire cartoon. She recorded it, wrote about it and reported the content to the video-sharing platform, she said.

Dr Nadine Kaslow, a past president of the American Psychological Association, told The Post that it is a "tragic" situation in which "trolls are targeting children and encouraging children to kill themselves".

"Parents should talk with their children and emphasise that they can make their own choices and discuss ways of how to say no".

"So anything that's not curated by the parent, we can not just assume they are not going to be viewing things that are 100 percent safe", said Rogers-Wood.

A spokesperson told Mirror Online: "Children can find it hard to stand up to peer pressure but they must know it's perfectly okay to refuse to take part in crazes that make them feel unsafe or scared".

YouTube has been under scrutiny for over a year for how it monitors content.

The second video has also now gone, displaying the message: 'This video has been removed for violating YouTube's Terms of Service'. "There needs to be messaging-this is why it's not okay".

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, risk factors associated with suicide may include mental disorders such as clinical depression, previous suicide attempts, a barrier to accessing mental health treatment, physical illness and feelings of hopelessness or isolation.

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