Self-harm clips hidden in kids' cartoons

Self-harm clips hidden in kids' cartoons

The mother successfully launched a push to get the video removed from the "kid-friendly" website. Midway through a seemingly harmless video, a spliced video of a man wearing a pair of dark glasses pops up saying, "Remember kids!" Although she reported the video, no action was taken by YouTube immediately, but eventually, it was deleted from the video-streaming site. Momo Suicide Challenge Promoted By YouTube?

As for YouTube Kids, it said: "We work to ensure the videos in YouTube Kids are family-friendly and take feedback very seriously". Vulnerable children, perhaps too young to understand suicide, may develop nightmares or try harming themselves out of curiosity, she warned. "I'm a pediatrician, and I'm seeing more and more kids coming in with self harm and suicide attempts". "I think our children are facing a whole new world with social media and Internet access".

On Feb. 15, one such suicide sequence was found almost five minutes into a cartoon on YouTube by emergency room pediatrician Dr.

Another mum, who did not wish to be named, said: "I've put a complete ban on YouTube". In a blog post last week, Hess alerted other parents to numerous concerning videos she said she found on the app - a "Minecraft" video depicting a school shooting, a cartoon centered on human trafficking, one about a child who committed suicide by stabbing and another who attempted to commit suicide by hanging.

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Parents NEED to be aware of this! The video shows a character opening fire and cursing before the video cuts to a dead body.

"There were just so many that I had to stop recording", she said. "One suggested video was an hours-long lecture by Icke in which he claims that aliens built the pyramids, that the planet is run by reptile-human hybrids, that Freemasons engage in human sacrifice, that the assassination of President Kennedy was planned by the U.S. government, and that humans would evolve in 2012".

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West Michigan mother of four Krista Arnold, said she first heard about the Momo Challenge when her 7-year-old daughter told her Momo challenged her to hurt her baby sister. Still, she said, it's not enough.

Hess said the doctored "Splatoon" videos are not the only ones pushing dark and potentially unsafe content on social media platforms, particularly on YouTube Kids.

I think it's extremely unsafe for our children. We cannot continue to risk this.

The original video has since been removed from YouTube and YouTube Kids, but there's nothing stopping someone from posting another like it.

"We are always working to improve our systems and to remove violat [ing] content more quickly".

If you have thoughts of suicide, confidential help is available for free at the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

For support in the United Kingdom call the Samaritans at 116123 or visit a Samaritans location or head to www.samaritans.org for details.

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