YouTube for kids is really terrifying


#21

I think the trend is college kids / 20somethings with too much time on their hands taking innocuous kid cartoons and over dubbing cursing in to them.

example - and even this one isn’t HORRID as I think some other ones are, but it’s still something I wouldn’t want a child watching until… I dunno like high school maybe?.
This was was one that my kids came across and asked if it was appropriate… (5th and 2nd grade - they were talking about MLG videos on youtube - some class mates did watch these)


#22

OMG my daughter is always watching that Ryan’s toy review, I so hate that show.


#23

Our curse is CookieSwirlC.


#24

Same here. My wife actually finds her disturbing. I don’t have quite as bad a reaction to her, but I hate the greed for new toys it seems to inspire in my daughter.


#25

#26

Well, whaddaya know. The NYT writes about it and I guess that makes people jump.


#27

The Washington Post, too! Although theirs is a response to the NYT piece.

-Tom


#28

Haha RIP Toy Freaks

It is good that some of the weirder shit is getting culled here. Gotta protect the chiltrens!


#29

A bunch of major brands have pulled their ads from Youtube, apparently not over the videos themselves, but the comments accompanying them.

Frankly, I don’t understand why they don’t just get rid of YT comments altogether. What’s the upside?


#30

Appears very specific to children’s videos, but yeah, quite odd.


#31

It’s not like the comments on other videos contribute anything to the site or to human welfare. They’re a cesspool, and, clearly, a financial and legal liability. Just ditch them.


#32

Bit of a boil the sea “solution” and also you can’t even see comments in the YouTube kids app as far as I can tell.

But for kids videos I could see a suppress all the time default, unless you are a proven adult sort of scenario being valid.


#33

Personally, it’s a solution for YT comments. The kids videos aspect is just a bonus.


#34

A bit more detail here. Apparently Eastern Europeans really like making child freak out videos?