Doctor Reveals Dangerous Content In YouTube Kids Videos


The video was hidden inside another video where a man in sunglasses tells kids how to slit their wrists.

Free Hess writes on her blog,, about a video she says give suicide instructions to children.

"Remember, kids, sideways for attention, longways for results", the man in the video says and walks off the screen and the cartoon continues. The cartoon then continued as normal.

CNN reported a Florida mother and pediatrician, Free Hess, said she found the clips on YouTube and YouTube Kids in July.

In the parody video, a second character appears in time to stop the attempted suicide, with the narrator stating: "Why couldn't he just let me hang myself?"

"How can anyone do this?"

Hess stated that she's aware some of these videos were not initially intended for a younger audience, yet they have somehow ended up on the YouTube Kids app. She said one used "Minecraft" themes to depict a school shooting.

"This is not OK". It was flagged by her and others, but it still took YouTube several days to take it down.

We work to make the videos in YouTube Kids family-friendly and take feedback very seriously.

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"We appreciate people drawing problematic content to our attention, and make it possible for anyone to flag a video", the statement said.

A recent YouTube video viewed by The Post appears to include a spliced-in scene showing Internet personality Filthy Frank. The videos Hess has found contain mentions or visuals of self-harm, suicide, sexual exploitation, trafficking, domestic violence, sexual abuse and gun violence, including a simulated school shooting. The clipping is from Frank's earlier video titled "If you're feeling suicidal you've come to the right place", which has now been taken down.

Hess said she saw the video again in February on YouTube.

She said it's important for parents to educate themselves and be vigilant in monitoring what their children watch.

"We have no idea what seeing this content does to children", Dr. Hess said. Flagged videos are manually reviewed 24/7 and any videos that don't belong in the app are removed.

"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.

It added that such content "could be extremely risky if children copy what they see". In April a year ago, YouTube announced three new parental control features to give parents the ability to curate what their child is seeing on the app.

'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'. "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 unsafe material when reported".