Thursday, 21 March, 2019

Momo challenge 'hacking Peppa Pig, Fortnite and YouTube Kids'

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Celia Hoffman | 26 February, 2019, 21:21

"We rely on both user flagging and smart detection technology to flag this content for our reviewers", Ms Faville said.

A USA pediatrician is raising an alarm about instructions on how to slit one's wrists posted in YouTube videos targeted at children - showing that inappropriate content continues to slip through the online streaming site's filters. "He waited until parents' guards were down, thinking their kids were just watching a harmless cartoon when he made his entrance four minutes and forty-five seconds into this video". "An injured and abused female character disguised as a pet wolf is bought for $400 from a masked man with a simple phone call", she said of one video. Hess, from Ocala, Fla., has been blogging about the altered videos and working to get them taken down amid an outcry from parents and child health experts, who say such visuals can be damaging to children.

The second video has also now gone, displaying the message: 'This video has been removed for violating YouTube's Terms of Service'.

The videos come amid mounting questions about how YouTube, the world's largest video-sharing platform, monitors and removes problematic content.

"It makes me angry and sad and frustrated", Hess told CNN.

YouTube emailed Ars Technica, "We work to make the videos in YouTube Kids family-friendly and take feedback very seriously". However, parents have since discovered that several other cartoons contain information about how to commit suicide, including the same spliced-in video clip.

The sinister content was first flagged by doctors on the pediatrician-run parenting blog pedimom.com and later reported by the Washington Post An anonymous "physician mother" initially spotted the content while watching cartoons with her son on YouTube Kids as a distraction while he had a nosebleed.

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Nadine Kaslow, a past president of the American Psychological Association and professor at Emory University School of Medicine, told the Post that simply taking down the videos isn't enough.

The NSPCC said adults should teach children ways to cope with peer pressure. She said such videos can cause children to have nightmares, trigger bad memories about people close to them who have killed themselves or even encourage them to try it, though some of them may be too young to understand the consequences.

Children's charity the NSPCC has accused YouTube of failing to tackle unsafe content on its youth channel.

In a tweet, the school said: "We are aware that some nasty challenges (Momo challenge) are hacking into children's programmes". And when children watch any content, sit with them or have a conversation with them about it later.

"There were just so many that I had to stop recording", she said. "There needs to be messaging-this is why it's not okay". "Unlike YouTube itself, YouTube Kids is supposed to be specifically FOR kids", Dr.

For support in the United States, call the National Suicide Prevention Line at 1-800-273-8255.

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