Someone has been uploading seemingly kid-friendly videos to YouTube that contain scenes with instructions for committing suicide.
The videos were found via YouTube Kids, a special YouTube app that's designed to use a combination of automated filtering, human reviewers, and parental controls to ensure that kids only see kid-safe videos.
But YouTube admits it's not perfect:
We use a mix of filters, user feedback and human reviewers to keep the videos in YouTube Kids family friendly. But no system is perfect and inappropriate videos can slip through, so we’re constantly working to improve our safeguards and offer more features to help parents create the right experience for their families.
Should kids even be on YouTube in the first place? Even adults seem to have trouble avoiding problematic content on YouTube.
When I was a kid I had pretty unrestricted access to TV, but in those days there were only a handful of channels (and we never had premium cable). Plus, the TV was in the living room where my parents could easily see what I was watching, so there wasn't much danger that I'd see something I shouldn't before they could intervene.
Obviously things are different now. Kids have their own smartphones and computers, which are much harder for parents to supervise.
What would you do? If you're a parent, do you let your kids use YouTube unsupervised? Are you worried about what they might see, or do you trust them? Should YouTube be held more responsible for the content they make available via YouTube Kids?