View Full Version : "Don't Let YouTube Babysit Your Children"- Gizmodo

November 16, 2017, 05:03 AM
Read some eye opening stuff, even though I don't have kids. But will suggest parents in BC to monitor what their kids watch on Youtube Kids or Youtube.



A extract of the article

Maybe it's happened to you. You're cruising around YouTube and then boom: a video of Spiderman hanging out with girls in bikinis trying to make Elsa from Frozen jealous and then the Joker appears, ready to fight. This would seem like a weird video to any sane adult. But the weirdest thing is that it's actually made for kids.

YouTube is aware of the issue. On Thursday night, the company quietly announced that it wants to crack down on these inappropriate videos. Let me offer up YouTube's defence in its own words right away.

"Earlier this year, we updated our policies to make content featuring inappropriate use of family entertainment characters ineligible for monetisation," YouTube's director of policy Juniper Downs told Gizmodo in the same canned statement given to everyone. "We're in the process of implementing a new policy that age restricts this content in the YouTube main app when flagged."

This new policy should prevent the creepy videos from showing up in the YouTube Kids app, which launched in 2015. But the change would not necessarily prevent kids from seeing it on YouTube's website or the regular YouTube app, although YouTube hopes that preventing the creators from getting ad revenue will stop them from making their bad videos. Still, if you're a parent with a child who knows how to use a computer or a smartphone, there's a very good chance they could Google "spiderman elsa" and get that weird bikini video in the search results. Actually, they will probably get a whole bunch of them. This Spider-Man-Elsa masterpiece has over 25 million views and 40 second pre-roll ad bringing in revenue for its creator as well as YouTube:


November 16, 2017, 08:58 AM
There should be absoultely ZERO screen time before child reaches 2... preferably 3.

it delays cognitive developments.

this is the recommendation of American Academy of pediatrics :

Among the AAP recommendations:

For children younger than 18 months, avoid use of screen media other than video-chatting. Parents of children 18 to 24 months of age who want to introduce digital media should choose high-quality programming, and watch it with their children to help them understand what they're seeing.

For children ages 2 to 5 years, limit screen use to 1 hour per day of high-quality programs. Parents should co-view media with children to help them understand what they are seeing and apply it to the world around them.

For children ages 6 and older, place consistent limits on the time spent using media, and the types of media, and make sure media does not take the place of adequate sleep, physical activity and other behaviors essential to health.

Designate media-free times together, such as dinner or driving, as well as media-free locations at home, such as bedrooms.

Have ongoing communication about online citizenship and safety, including treating others with respect online and offline.